May 28, 2023 We were in 1 Peter 5: 5-11 today.  You should really go to our Facebook page and view the video of the sermon.  Here is a great take-a-way: Satan knows the right buttons to push to get us going, upset, and angry, attempting to get us to sin and react in a way that God would not be pleased.  Be alert. But God…every attack has a God ordained purpose. They are God ordained opportunities to bring glory to God and for God to sift us and make us into what He would have us to be.  Be alert. 
Songs “Run Devil Run” by Crowder
May 21, 2023 Bible study and prayer meetings are resuming starting June 7. We’ll meet at 6pm at the Parsonage, 12 Juniper Road, Danbury.  You are welcome to join us!
There is a difference in accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and accepting a religion.  Knowing about is different than knowing God.  The gate to eternal life with Christ is narrow and thinking you are doing “Christian” things is going to get you through that gate and into heaven is a sad mistake.  God made it possible for all to come to a saving knowledge through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. His forgiveness is real and all encompassing.  His love is true.  He is who He says He is.  If your heart is searching, search no more and come to the cross.  His loving arms await you! 
Song “Thank God I do” by Lauren Daigle
May 14, 2023 

(This is an exerpt from today’s message at Ragged Mountain Bible Church)

The death of Jesus was no accident. It was planned by God from the beginning, because He knew we would fall. He knew we would need a Saviour even before we would know we needed one. He knew we would be His enemies but He loved us with a love beyond comprehension in spite of that. He even knew there would be many who would not be willing to turn to Him because of the wickedness of their sinful nature. Yet He still made that supreme sacrifice for them also. Love does what it does because it is love and it is not dependent upon whether those things will be accepted or rejected. God has provided salvation for all because of His love for all. We are all familiar with

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (18)  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Belief is a choice. We either choose to believe or we choose to not believe. God has provided plenty of witnesses to the truth of the Gospel. There are plenty of historical evidences of the fact of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. There is plenty of witness in the world around us of the wickedness of man. As we consider our own thoughts and actions, they witness to us of our ownsinfulness. The problem is not a lack of proof of the truth, but a lack of willingness to surrender to it as the Apostle John continues in

John 3:19-20  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  (20)  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

No one wants to go to Hell, but many are not willing to give up their sin.

Those who reject God’s love and the provision for their salvation through Christ, do so to their own destruction. When one day, they are burning in that lake of fire, experiencing unquenchablethirst and the torment of burning flames every second of everyday and every second of every night, as they tick by day after day and night after night, for ever and ever, they will do so knowing full well that God had sent His own beloved Son to take their payment for them, yet they deliberately and knowingly refused Him.

May 7, 2023 God said it. That settles it. Doesn’t matter if you believe it. God doesn’t need your believe or agreement to exist or be right. God is. Amen. The end.   
Now that that is said, here is one of the Pastor’s Note — Thought for the day from earlier this week. Remember, there are many of them here. Just open that page, read, and learn.  You’re welcome to join us on Sunday. We’d love to have you.

Pastor’s Note for May 1, 2023

Each new month, new week and new day is an opportunity to do better for our Lord. Part of that is asking “Have I done my best and how might I serve my Lord better?”

Every church has specific needs and challenges. I was invited to preach as a guest preacher at the Ragged Mountain Bible Church which had five members in the small town of Danbury NH. That led to preaching there once a month and then asked if I would serve as interim pastor while search was made for a permanent pastor. I felt the Lord would have me do that and it does add an element of consistency which is needed for a church body to grow. The Lord has been blessing and we have seen growth both in attendence and I believe spiritually. However, there are significant needs with these type and location of ministries which make them especially challenging. Some possible candidates that I have contacted were not comfortable taking a ministry in which the church is not able to support a full time pastor. Special prayer is also needed for wisdom in reaching out to the community. Another challenge is that many dedicated Christians want to serve and others are looking to have their needs met through special programs. These are both limited in a small church. We have had severeal come which seemed to appreciate the preaching and teaching, but felt like their needs were not able to be met in such a small church. It does take a certain attitude in order to be comfortable serving with a small church body. An attitude which says, I am not just here to see what the church can do for me, but how can I serve to help this church grow and reach souls for Christ and be an encouraagemnt and help to my brothers and sisters.  I praise and thank God for our members and those who have been attending faithfully. While I do not begrudge anyone from vacationing or visiting relatives, the smaller the church the more noticeable the absence of even a couple of families. Pray for our church and for others to come along side and help as we seek to reach souls for Christ and feed His flock in this place. This past week has been an especially trying one and I am feeling the need for renewed strength. Thank you to all who hold us up in your prayers.

Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

April 30, 2023 The prophet Jeremiah had a difficult job. God called him to deliver messages to Israel, even though they would not listen to him. Yet, Jeremiah was faithful and did as God told him to do. People tried to kill him for the message, yet he continued to serve God and obey. He knew there was nothing too hard for God to do, and if the people would just listen and repent, God would deliver them and save them from destruction.  His actions speak volumes.  What about us? What we do affects those who watch us, like our children. Others are influenced by what they see us do.  Even more, God sees us no matter what we are doing.  Is what you are doing something you would invite God to do with you?  Think about it.
Songs “Father will you hold my hand” by We are Messangers     
“Gratitude” by Brandon Lake 
April 23, 2023 Remember that there is a section in this site for Pastor’s Notes – Thoughts.  Here is one for you today. Many more are available on that page. 

Praise God, there is no death for the Christian, only the exchanging of a corruptible life and body for an incorruptible life and body. The following passage has a special place in my heart today.

I Cor. 15:55)  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56)  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57)  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I received the phone call from the nursing home at 7:39 this morning that I had been expecting on any day. It was the nurse telling me that my 102 year old mother had gone home to be with her Lord. Praise God that there is no real death for the Christian because of what Jesus has done for us. Rather, it is a casting off of this flesh with all its troubles and a rising up to be with our Lord. My mom has now changed residence from Earth to Heaven. I am so thankful that she had received Jesus as her Lord and has now gone to be with Him.

April 16, 2023  Many believe that the Christian way is a good way to live. They believe because they are kind, considerate, compassionate, etc…, they are going to heaven, because heaven is for “good” people.  Sadly, this is not accurate. Heaven is real. It is where the Lord is, but heaven is where those who belong to the Lord go, not just people who believe they were “good” to go. Those who accept God’s free gift of salvation, who acknowledge that they are sinners, who understand that they need a savior who has already paid the price for their personal sins, and who live a life according to the Scriptures…they are going to heaven.  Is this you?  Do you understand? If you are able to join us for services, we welcome you to come. Ask questions.  If you are far away and cannot, read (or reread) all the posts here, open Facebook (don’t have to sign up) to watch Pastor’s videos of the services, read your Bible (start with John), or find a Bible teaching church near you. If you are searching, God has answers.  
April 8, 2023 Special Note – Easter…it’s not candy and a bunny, though both are nice. The message of Easter is so much more than that.  Easter – the time begins with the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, a horrific death created by man. We need to remember that Christ went willingly to that cross for each and every one of us.  He came to earth specifically for this task, so that we would have a way for forgiveness of our sins and have eternal life in Christ.  We call Friday before Easter “Good Friday.”  Why is it “good” if He died that day?  It’s “good” because we know the ending.  It’s “good” because He did this for us, personally.  It’s “good” because on Sunday He rose again according to the Scriptures, and because of this sacrifice, we have salvation, we have been redeemed, we have a Savior, and we are loved.  Romans 5: 7 & 8 “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  Come to services Sunday. We welcome you.  Come learn more of the love of God.  This song has been added to many of the last entries, but it is worth listening to again, as are the others.  May the Lord open you hearts to see Him. 
Songs   “God really loves us” by Crowder with Dave Bowe   
“Then Christ Came” by MercyMe   
“The Power of the Cross: Song Session” by Casting Crowns 
“At the Cross (Love ran red)” by Chris Tomlin 
April 2, 2023 The message centered around Romans 3:13-15. Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, a pharisee, at night. This is a time when directing you to the Pastor’s Notes page of this website would be good. Go there and read the Pastor’s Note – dated April 6, 2023.  You may also go to our Facebook page (link found on the homepage) and view the message recorded for today. You’ll find a link to videos on the left side of the page. 
March 26, 2023 No matter who we are, when we’re told to do something, often our hackles go up and we wonder “Who are you to tell me what to do?” even if we start to do that very thing.  Why?  It’s because of our sin nature. We’re born with it.  Yet we must remember that we are made in the image of God. God really loves us.  He loves us so much that we have free choice, not forcing us to receive His free gift of salvation through Christ.  His invitation is with love and mercy and grace, and it’s free for everyone.  Those who don’t accept this gift are headed to the lake of fire – hell — forever because unrighteous spirits can’t abide in the presence of God.  Heaven is real and Hell is real.  What is your choice? Are you still wondering what it is all about? Are you reading this little message again or for the first time and wondering what you should do?  Is God calling you and you haven’t answered yet?  Here is something to help.  Read through the book of John. 
Song “God really loves us” by Crowder with Dave Bowe    
March 19, 2023 It’s important to remember that Satan has an objective.  Satan has done a good job deceiving mankind. Just look at our world — man killing man, wars, dissention, prejudice, feelings of superiority, intolerance, and the list goes on and on.  BUT GOD!  That says it all!  But God made a way for us, purchased our lives for us through His Son, Jesus Christ, redeemed us, offered us salvation, freed us from eternal death, and so much more.  Thank You, Lord!  Amen!  
March 5, 2023 People think they can outsmart God. They refuse His offer of salvation, payment for sins, and eternity in heaven. They chose Satan and the sins of the world. They say they’ll take care of settling things with God when they are on their death beds or when the rapture happens (because they acknowledge it will).  They forget they are dealing with a righteous God.  They chose to follow false teachings because they seem “nicer” and “easier” and “more fun.”  Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) says: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” This is so important that it is repeated in Proverbs 16:25.  In Matthew 7:21 (NIV) Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!'”  Do you really want to be one of those people?  Settle things with God today. Choose love. Choose life. Choose freedom from sins. Choose eternity in heaven. Choose the gift of God that He offers freely through His son Jesus Christ. 
Songs “First things first” by Consumed by Fire   
Feb. 26, 2023 Do you need a better understanding of who Christ  is?  Read the book of John several times.  What does it mean to “receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior – to have salvation”? Who is salvation in?  It is in Christ. Understand who He is. He is God.  He is Lord of all – heaven and earth — King of kings.  He is our Savior, who came to save us all from our sins. Salvation is in the person of Jesus Christ. Just acknowledging that is good, but to truly receive Christ and have new life in Him, it has to be with the heart.  Head knowledge of who Christ is will not save you.  Many believe because they go to church or were raised by parents who went to church, that they too are going to go to heaven.  Not true.  It’s a heart issue, not a head issue.  It’s personal, not on the coat tails of others. Your heart will desire the things of God, desire to learn more, desire to be with God’s people, desire to do His will, and desire to do what is right.  Your life will be changed. Learn all you can about God, about Christ.  Matthew 11: 28-30 (NIV): Christ said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”   
Songs “Come to the Well” by Casting Crowns    
Feb. 23, 2023  Extra thoughts from notes made in a personal Bible in the book of Jude:  “All are called but not all listen.”  Has God been calling you, tugging at your heart?  Are you listening? Responding?  Why or why not?  “God is able to keep you from falling into sin.” If you have answered God’s call, remember this: “Live according to the victory from sin that God has already given you.” 
Song “First Things First” by Consumed by Fire      
Feb. 19, 2023 From Pastor’s thoughts of the day Feb. 15. 

Have you ever felt like a failure? I have. In fact, the truth is I am a failure. There is no possible earthly reason for God to use me at all. Satan and his servants are always ready and eager to remind us of our failings and they do a good job at it. There are at least a million other people, with no exaggeration, that could do a better job in serving God than me. This knowledge has brought me very low at times. However, God reminds me that there is also another fact; another reality that is just as true. It is God Himself who has chosen me and put me into the ministry. It is the all holy and righteous God of Heaven who has ordained me to preach His word and minister to His saints. It is God my creator who has equipped me with the ability, knowledge and wisdom to effectively study, teach and preach His word. He has not done this because I have earned it or deserve it in the least, for I do not. He has done it according to His Sovereign will. It is He Who sustains me; it is He Who equips me, it is He Who empowers me for the work He has for me. Praise God I do not serve in my own strength or in my own wisdom, or in the power of my own righteousness. While we seek with all our hearts to walk uprightly and honestly before all and especially before God, that is not the source of our strength nor our confidence. I look to my God and trust in Him to do that which is pleasing and honoring to Himself as I serve Him. The results are up to Him no matter what that may be. My responsibility is to stay true to God no matter what or who may rise up to oppose or hinder or discourage.

So please pray for me for I have a powerful and cunning enemy who has many helpers. He wants me to quit or turn aside and if not, then he wants to destroy either myself or the work God has commissioned me to do.  “ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph 6:12

Feb. 12, 2023  From the Pastor’s thoughts of the day Feb. 14.  

Out New Testament reading today was Luke chapter 9. What Luke records in verses 51 -56 is found nowhere else in the Gospels.

Luke 9:51-53  And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,  (52)  And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.  (53)  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

Note the reason why the disciples in this village did not receive Jesus. “because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem”. This is an example of why paying attention to the context is so important. God’s word is not just a hodgepodge of unrelated events. Rather, God has designed how and when things happen and record them for our learning and example. There are two things recorded just prior to this incident. In verses 46 – 48, the disciples were envious about each other and arguing about which one was going to be greatest. In verses 49 – 50, they were envious of others who did not join with them. In verses 51 – 56, the disciples in this village were so upset that Jesus was not going to spend time with them, but was only going to stop on His way to Jerusalem, simply because their village was on the way to Jerusalem. Their thinking seems to be “Jesus was not making the trip to see them, after all, they were just Samaritan. So they refused to make ready for Him because they were envious that He was in a hurry to go to Jerusalem rather than spend time with them.

This should remind us of the common malady that tends to be in all of us as James says in

James 4:5-6  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  (6)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Have we ever become envious and upset because Jesus seems to favor or use someone else over us? Have we ever thought about or refused doing something because it seemed menial compared to how Jesus was treating or using others? This is part of our carnal nature that will be with us until we shed this flesh. However, we can have victory or these emotions by remembering as Paul said,

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Paul continued by saying

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death

Jesus gives us the answer in

Mat 23:12  … whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Feb. 5, 2023 From the Pastor’s note of Feb. 7, 2023  

Gal 6:1-2  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  (2)  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

This is probably one of the most important passages in God’s word concerning Christians. Probably most of us struggle with that phrase “ye which are spiritual”. It does not mean that we are spiritually better than they. What it means is simply ye who are humbly submitting yourself and being led by the Spirit of God with a heart for that one who has been overtaken. God’s word is so beautiful and the words He has chosen to use are so perfect. The idea of being “overtaken” implies that they did not see it coming. It snuck up on them and took them unawares. This can, and probably has, happened to all of us. If we keep this in mind then we will approach them with a spirit of meekness, knowing that we are just as prone to be taken in a fault and have also been in need of being restored. I believe part of restoring them “in a spirit of meekness” also means that we approach them privately. This will help to insure we are doing it for the right reason and in the right spirit. If we council them in private, we LET THEM make the changes in their lives and those that see those changes can praise God for the way THE LORD is working in their lives. That way God gets all the credit and glory. I also believe that approaching them in private, reveals that we have a true heart towards them and lets them know that our motives are true. This can help in building trust and appreciation between them and ourselves. This is one way we do what the next verse says.

Galatians 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Jan. 29, 2023 From the Pastor’s note of Feb. 3, 2023

1Jn 5:3-4  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  (4)  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Real victory over things such as anger, bitterness and unforgiveness because of wrongs others have done to us is greatly dependent upon realizing that God is in control of all things in our lives and is using even the “bad” things to help guide and direct us and is part of His training and will for us as individuals. Faith is such a powerful force, yet so often, even as Christians, we have a tendency to trust in ourselves and in our determination and abilities first. The problem is, even though we are seeking to be obedient to our Lord, we are really trusting in ourselves. This is why we find ourselves struggling to have a right attitude towards our offender and to really forgive for from our hearts as Jesus commands us. It is interesting that we may know what God says about trusting Him, yet we end up trusting in ourselves in so many situations. God’s word tells us plainly

(4)  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Victory does not come by our efforts. It comes by our faith. That faith is believing Rom 8:28  “ all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” There are too many possibilities to list for why God has allowed that individual to do or say what they did, but we can have full confidence that He has a wonderful purpose for it. Our flesh and our spirit might be pained and their actions may have caused us much trouble and even hardship, but trust that God is working all things for His glory and according to His plan. Remember Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery. He was then falsely accused of a wicked crime and thrown in prison. After spending years in prison, Joseph finally saw how God was working all things out for good. Every Christian is a Joseph. Every Christian will experience injustices and wrongs, but they are all a part of God’s plan for them. Our responsibility is just to be faithful to Him in all things and strive to please Him in all our words and deeds as Joseph did. Our future is not in the hands of our enemies, it is in God’s hands. He has his plan to use us in a special way and all that He brings into our lives is a part of that plan. Joseph’s brothers sought to bring harm to him, Potiphar’s wife sought to shame him to cover her own sin, but God was in control of all things. Understanding these things should help us to see the wrong in being angry or bitter against those who God is using to guide and train us. We can trust that one day we will understand like Joseph

 Gen 50:19-20  And Joseph said unto them, …am I in the place of God?  (20)  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day”

January 22, 2023  Remember that you can access Pastor’s sermons via our Facebook page.  John 15:11-13 (NIV) (Jesus speaking) “I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Songs “Jesus loves me” by Chris Tomlin  Chris Tomlin – Jesus Loves Me – YouTube  
Jan. 15, 2023 

(This is comes from today’s message at Ragged Mountain Bible Church)

Pro 15:3  The eyes of the LORD are in every placebeholding the evil and the good.

God’s eyes are beholding everyaction that is made; every word that is spoken; every thought that enters into the mind; even every intention of the heart; God sees and knows all. There are no secrets with Him as we are told in

Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Oh that every person might recognize the reality of the presence of God in all places and at all times. That lie that is spoken in secret; that unrighteous thought that is dwelt upon in the heart; God is watching; the righteous Judge is beholding; and they are all being recorded in detail in the books that will be opened at the end of this world.

Satan would have you and I believe that if we said a prayer, then we will escape the consequences of our sin. But what he leaves out is the fact that those who truly belong to God by receiving Christ as their Lord and have actually been born of His seed, will not and can not continue in their sin. They will have no peace in their heart until they have confessed and repented of their sin. Any unconfessed sin separates from peace and fellowship with God.

The fake Christian will find excuses as to why they need not confess their sin. Every sin is a sin against God, and many, if not most, are against another person. It is easy for someone to tell God they are sorry, but it is a different story completely when confessing to the personThat is when the difference of what is, or is not, in the heart will be revealed. Those who do not truly have the Spirit of Christ in them will not find the power to truly and fully confess and repent to the individual, that person, the evil they have done to or toward them. They might realize that they should and they might even have some desire to make things right with that one, but they are unable to bring themselves to do it. That is a clear evidence that their pride means more to them than being right with God. The Apostle Paul describes them as (2Ti 3:5)  “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

Confession reveals real repentance. It is humbling to repent to someone, and our fleshly nature will refuse to do it.

Those who claim to be born of the Spirit, yet lack the power of the Spirit of God in them will be among those who Jesus described in Matthew 7 to whom He says in verse 23  “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Being able and willing to follow through with confessing sin to that individual we have wronged, is the result of being a true child of God. It is an important way in which,  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16)

Does the way you have handled sin reveal that you are a real child of God? If not, real salvation and the new birth can be yours by surrendering to God’s will and receive Jesus as your true Lord.

January 8, 2023 Do you know anyone who would lay down his life for you personally? We do. It’s Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, came down from heaven willingly, knowing that He was going to die on the cross to pay for your sins. By doing this, He has made a way for you to access heaven. All you need to do is accept this free gift of salvation. Admit you are a sinner. Seek forgiveness. Ask Jesus into your heart. Enter into the family the God. Welcome. 
January 2, 2023   HALLELUJIAH!  WE ARE ABLE TO WORK ON THE SITE AGAIN!  Please forgive the month delay. There were issues on the editing end that appear to be fixed now.  A large number of Pastor’s Notes have been added. Please read them.  May they refresh your soul.  Services are still at the Danbury Community Center in Danbury, NH starting at 9:30am.  Please join us.  We’d love to have you as we worship together.  Go to our Facebook page (a link is on this site) and view the sermons. Pastor loads them each week.  It’s a new year.  Have you been searching?  Is God calling you?  Have you been reading this site?  Have you understood your need for a Savior?  Do you still have questions?  Join us.  Let us help you get your answers.  Christ came to earth, willingly, to be a sacrifice for you personally.  Sin exacts a price. Christ paid that price.  Thank you!  
Nov. 27, 2022 Romans 8:28 NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Those who have accepted Christ’s saving grace on the cross for the world are children of God, heirs of God, and saved by hope.  We are the dwelling place of God.  His Spirit is within us.  Anything we go through in life, the very worst things that happen in our lives, God uses for good.  We may not see how it could possibly happen, but we can trust it will because God said it. Amen. Our job is to remain faithful and trust in the Lord.
Songs  “The Devil is on the run” by Casting Crowns
Nov. 20, 2022 Happy Thanksgiving.  Snippets from today’s sermon: God uses what we’re going through for a purpose. It’s easy to take for granite the things God does for us, especially if it’s over and over again. Things can become old habits very quickly that we can miss what God’s doing for us. Thankfully, the Spirit intercedes for us.  Be sensitive to God’s work in your life and what He’s called you to do.  Recognize your dependence on the Lord. Don’t do things in your own strength. Do things in the strength of the Lord. Everything is under His control. Our successes and failures are tools He actively uses to make us who He wants us to be. 
Songs “Jesus at a distance” by Casting Crowns
Nov. 13, 2022 Hope.  We have confident expectations that God will do what He says He’ll do.  We put our faith and hope in Him. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God. We show others the hope of Christ through our lives. How do we deal with hardships in our lives? With hope and faith. Hope enables the child of God to share the gospel regardless of the perceived outcomes, hoping others will accept and have faith.  Where is your hope?  Is it in the saving grace of God? 
Songs “All my hope” by Crowder with Tauren Wells   
“Jesus” by Chris Tomlin
Nov. 1, 2022 Good morning. Please forgive the delay in getting information put here.  Sometimes that does happen.  As a reminder, you can go to our Facebook page (can reach it from the home page) to view the sermons.  You don’t have to sign up.  Open Facebook, go to the left side and you’ll see “videos” listed. Click this and view away. We also have a page where we put our Pastor’s Notes as he studies the Word of God and shares some of that with us.
How’s your heart today?  Are you strong in the Lord or are you dampened by the world? Is your answer that you are okay under the circumstances?  Why are you under there?  Come out from under there.  You belong to the Lord.  Yes, there will be challenging times for all of us.  Jesus, himself, said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)  He’s got this.  Joy is Jesus in your heart.  “Joy is the flag that is flown from the castle of your heart when the King is in residence.” (A schoolmaster said this to his students.)  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)  Lean on Him.  Find peace.   
Songs “My God is still the same” by Sanctus Real
Oct. 9, 2022 In Leviticus we learn about the scapegoat. Once a year, Aaron was to pray over a goat, symbolically putting all the sins of Israel on the goat. That goat was taken outside the area they were in by a man who was appointed, prepared in advance, to do this. The scapegoat was let go, never to return.  The goat paid the price for the sins of the people. Aaron was to come out of the Holy of Holies, remove his linen garments, and leave them in the Tent of Meeting for all to see.  Sin always separates us from God. If you have unconfessed sins, God won’t hear you.  It’s not that He can’t; He won’t. Sin must be dealt with; it must be confessed and repented. The goat “took away” the people’s sins for that year. 
Now take a look at Christ.  Christ was prepared in advance, appointed, to take the sins of the world.  He had the sins of the world– past, present, and future — place on Him.  He was taken outside the city to Golgotha to be sacrificed, to pay the price for our sins. He was buried and on the third day, He rose from the grave, but His linen garments were left in the tomb for all to see. God’s mercy and grace for us as God made the way for us to have our sins removed and forgiven through His Son Jesus Christ. Amen. 
Songs “Jesus at a distance” by Casting Crowns
Oct. 2, 2022 Did you know that there is an unpardonable sin? Do you know what it is? It is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  You’ll find this in Matthew 12: 22-32.  What does that mean?  It means that you recognize God but deliberately reject Him and attribute the works of the Holy Spirit to Satan.  It is irreverence and disrespect, an insult that shows contempt against God. Don’t let this be your story. If you are reading this, you are searching and acknowledging God.  Take that next step and accept the free gift of salvation that Christ offers you.  What are you waiting for? 
Sept. 25, 2022 Sometimes the best way to say it is to simply give you the word directly from the source.  Colossians 3: 5-17(NIV) “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish on another with all wisdom, and as you sing pslams, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
 Sept. 18, 2022 Job. What made him notable?  It was his great faith in God. The Devil knows just when and how to strike, but Job held on to his faith. Job knew that only One could meet his needs and he sought God through all the trials even though God was silent at this time in Job’s life.  Job still constantly sought God. This is the heart of Job.  How about you?  Don’t stop seeking God when you have times of trouble and times of silence from God.  There is always a reason for this.  Keep the faith. God’s still there.  Trust Him and take comfort in that fact. We may never know this side of heaven the reasons, but it will never change the love of God. 
Songs “Trust His Heart” by Babbie Mason
Sept. 11, 2022 We belong to God.  How wonderful is that?  He loves us so much that He provided a way to heaven to be with Him and His Son. That way was His Son dying on the cross for us, in our place, for our sins.  Jesus loves us so much He did this.  Read Philippians 2: 6-11.  Jesus, before His arrest and subsequent death on the Cross, prayed specifically for the disciples. (John 17:6-27)  He also prayed specifically for us, for all who would believe.  That’s a wonderful feeling to know He prayed for us.  Accept His free gift of salvation.  Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior and ask Jesus into your heart.  You will never regret it.  Welcome to the family of God.
Song “I am Yours” by Lauren Daigle
Sept. 4, 2022 Romans 12:1-2a (NIV) “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”  To do this, it is necessary to learn how God wants us to act and think.  Get your thinking right. God already purchased us, redeemed us unto Himself.  We’re purchased at a price. Remember that every insult, slap, whip, mocking – every agonizing second Jesus endured up to and on the cross ws for us. Don’t get off track, though it is easy to do. Don’t let your words be displeasing to God.  God sees us at all times, hears all we say, knows our thought, our every deeds.   No, we aren’t perfect but do NOT use that as an excuse to sin.  As Christians, we have the Spirit to help us.  Have a willing heart to let the Spirit lead you.  Read Philippians 4:8. 
Songs “Me on Your mind” by Matthew West featuring Anne Wilson   
“King of Kings” by Newsboys featuring Bart Millard
August 28, 2022 The Devil knows how and when to strike us. His plan is always evil and he uses those closest to us to help destroy us and pull us away from God. He used Eve to get to Adam, Delilah to get to Samson, Absolom to get to David, and Sarah to get to Abraham to name a few.  Then there is Job.  Job lost all his children, all his animals, and his health, yet he still was faithful to God.  His friends and his wife were no help; they basically told him to curse God and die.  Yet, Job remained faithful to God. Job knew only One could meet his needs and longed for fellowship with God.  Sometimes we screw up. Sometimes God uses tough times to helps us grow and teach us something. His reasons are His own and He is trustworthy.  God loves us personally no matter how badly we mess things up.  Do you long for sweet fellowship with God? There is no substitute for fellowship with our Lord and Savior. 
Song “The Devil is on the run” by Casting Crowns     
“Run Devil Run” by Crowder
“Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)” performed by Pentatonics (a capella)  
August 21, 2022 God’s word is important.  How do you tell who is teaching the truth of God’s word? You compare what is being taught with the word of God. What is being taught should be God’s word and nothing else. God’s word is very specific about not adding to or subtracting from God’s word.  You want the word of God, not traditions of men. Read your bible and pray for understanding. 
Song “Word of God Speak” by MercyMe
August 14, 2022  Reminder: You can view Pastor’s sermons through our Facebook page.  You can access that page from our Home page in this site.  You don’t have to be a member or sign up, just open the page, look to the left, see “videos” on that list, click that, and choose which one you wish to listen to at that time.  God loves you. He sent His Son to die on the cross for your sins.  He’s waiting for you to accept His free gift of salvation.  Come to the cross.  He awaits you with open arms.  His Son already paid for all those sins you think keeps you from God, so don’t let that be your excuse.  Is He calling you?  Answer Him. 
Songs “God really loves us” by Crowder and Dante Bowe  
August 7, 2022 Humans blame others for their own troubles.  It’s always someone else’s fault. Never their own. We look to please our own sinful nature. We compare ourselves with others that we judge to be worse than ourselves, justifying our own sinful choices.  What we need to remember/know is that anytime we go against what God says, it won’t go well for us.  God’s word is direct.  Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  God sent His Son to take our place, our sins, and die on a cross for us.  God has provided us with all the instructions for a godly life in His word.  When we accept God’s free gift of salvation, He makes us right, forgiven, saved, a member of His family, an heir, and eternity in heaven with Him.  When we compare our own choices with other’s choices, we lose sight of God’s righteousness.  We often get angry or upset that others are doing well even though they ________ (fill in the blank).  Always remember 2 Peter 3:9 that says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”   God was patient with you, waiting for you.  He will be with everyone.  We, as God’s family, need to show others through our actions who God is.  The Lord is coming back someday, according to His word.  Is He coming as your Savior or your Judge? 
Songs “People get ready” by Crystal Lewis
July 31, 2022  Is God’s Spirit losing His influence? No! We are God’s light in the world if we belong to God.  God’s Spirit moves through us as we share His light.  There is a lot of “evil” in this world. Attitudes have changed. Where we used to be okay with other’s opinions, we now have no tolerance and choose hatred, screaming about everything.  Why? Spiritual warfare is real.  We need to speak truth, show love, encourage others, show them the difference by the way we live our lives.  Make a difference. Don’t join the “world.”  See the souls of men the way God does. 
Songs “Revolutionary” by Josh Wilson
July 24, 2022 Pastor taught from Jeremiah 32 today.  In this chapter, God tells His people of the punishment for their sins that is coming.  God always deals with sin and He still loves you.  God means what He says.  God’s timing is perfect. We can trust God’s word and that everything that is said will be.  Learn by reading your bible daily.  Learn about what God has said, what He’s done, and what He’s promised.  That’s our God.  He is omniscient, omnipresent, and eternal. And He loves us.   Some say if He is all that, why are there bad things happening in the world.  Remember: God is still on the throne; He’s got a plan and His timing is perfect.  Why should we be surprised when sinful people do sinful things? Why do we try to judge God by our standards?  He’s holy; we are not. We are not privy to all the information past, present, and future.  Remember who God is and who we are not.
Songs “My Jesus” by Anne Wilson 
“God of all my days” by Casting Crowns
bJuly 17, 2022 Our guest speaker today was David Tubbs. We looked at one verse: John 11:35. This is the shortest verse in the bible: “Jesus wept.”  Looking at and meditating on smaller sections of scripture can yield great truths.  From this small verse we learn several things. First, it teaches us humility. We are reminded that Jesus made Himself low for us, became human for us, and identifies with us in our pains.  Jesus, God, cries with us.  Second, it teaches us empathy, which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.  Mary, Lazarus’ sister, was crying because Lazarus was dead, and Jesus wept with her and for her, but not because of Lazarus’ death since He was going to raise Lazarus from death, but because He loved her as He loves all of us, and He cared that she was hurting.  Finally, it teaches us hope. There is hope in our deaths if we have received Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, for we will be with Him in heaven. When Christ dies on the cross for us, He conquers sin, death, and the Devil. Do you have this hope? 
Songs “Egypt (The God who fights for me)” by Cory Asbury   
July 10, 2022 The bible is not a hodgepodge of ideas.  There is a reason it is the way it is.  Matthew 7: 15+ talks about false prophets.  They are out there.  We need to beware.  Test what is being said against the Scriptures. There are many people who think they are Christians, but they are fooling themselves and others along with them.  Some people truly believe they are doing God’s work, but they don’t know God, are not led by the Spirit. Some are even just working to fill their own egos and pockets.  Even Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV): “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Do you know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Invite Him in.  He’s waiting for you. 
Songs “One thing remains” by Kristian Stanfill   
“Your love never fails” by Newsboys
July 3, 2022 John 8:31-36 was the center of our teaching today. Nobody likes being a slave, yet we are slaves to sin without Christ in our lives.  To truly be free, we need to admit we are a sinner, accept Jesus’ gift of salvation, and live for Christ.  There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.  Once we receive Christ as our Savior, we need to continue to grow in Him daily.  We’ll still mess up – sin – but Christ paid the price for our sins already on the cross, so we go to the throne of grace and confess our sins and He will forgive us (1 John 1:9).  Our lives are an extention of Christ’s love.  Show others Christ by what you say and what you do.  He is always with you.  Do not be a slave to sin. 
Song “Christ in me” by Jeremy Camp   
June 26, 2022 Remember that you can watch Pastor’s sermons/teachings on our Facebook page.  You don’t have to join to see them.  Open the page using the link from our home page here.  On the left side will be a list; click on videos. Now choose which one you want to watch.  Join us on Sundays at the Danbury Community Center, 9:30, for services. We’d love to worship with you.  Here’s some music to brighten your day.  May the words help you see who God is and how much He loves you. 
Songs  “Best News Ever” by MercyMe   
“Then Christ came” by MercyMe   
June 19, 2022 Happy Father’s Day!  Pastor taught from 1 Samuel 17, the account of David and Goliath.  David was not afraid to fight Goliath (a giant who was over 9 feet tall) because he knew God was with him, God would have the victory.  Our God is our heavenly Father.  He loves us dearly.  He is willing and able to come to our aid.  He is a forgiving God.  He is interested in each one of us.  He wants us to talk to Him, pray. He always has a good purpose for what He does, what He allows to happen in our lives.  We might now see it on our end, but we can trust God.  Is there anything too hard for God? No. Amen. David knew this.  David ran toward Goliath, not away from him.  David ran toward the entire Philistine army.  1 Samuel 17: 45-47  David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” David killed Goliath using a sling and a stone. That’s faith!  Listen to the words of this song.  
Song “Help is on the way” by TobyMac
June 12, 2022 “Humble yourself before God.”  Let God’s word penetrate your heart.  Ask God to help you comprehend.  Humble yourself in the sight of God. He knows your heart. You can’t fool Him.  Your humility must be sincere.  Remember we are all sinners saved by grace. Amen. The flesh always does the opposite of what the Spirit says. God’s will and desire is always restoration, not amputation. We’re all prone to sin, so stay close to God, our stronghold.
Songs “Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord” by Maranatha! Singers   
June 5, 2022 We were blessed to have missionaries Jim and Christine Foster with us today.  We taped the service and it will be on our Facebook page.  Please consider listening to it.  They serve in South Africa in many areas including Christian education and church planting.  Jim reminds us that God is not looking for ability.  He is looking for availability.  We need to be willing to listen and take up our cross and follow Christ.  Whatever we do, we’re doing it for the Lord, not men. It’s easy to say what we’ll do, but harder to follow through.  We need to get busy serving God.  When God calls us to do something, He will take care of us.  Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 
Songs by MercyMe   
Special notice for June 5, 2022   
On Sunday June 5, 2022, Ragged Mountain Bible Church will have Missionary Jim Foster and wis wife Christine with us.  Jim will be sharing about the ministry God has called him to in South Africa and how the Lord is blessing that work. He will also be sharing what the Lord has laid on his heart for us from God’s word. We are meeting at the Danbury Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30Am. All are welcomed to come and worship God and hear the message from His word. 
May 29, 2022 Jesus loves us.  Jesus was praying for his disciples the night He was arrested and taken before Chief Priests.  He knew He would be on the cross and wanted the disciples to be cared for so He prayed for them and the believers.  He’ll never let us go because He wants us to be one with Him. We have a common purpose: to glorify God. 
songs “My Jesus” by Anne Wilson 
“Jesus Did” by Newsboy  
May 22, 2022 Remember Pastor puts his sermons on our Facebook page.  You have many to choose from and you don’t have to be a member to view them.  Also remember that there is a page here called Pastor’s Thoughts for the day where Pastor sends out messages from his devotions.  There are many to read, just like there are many entries here about services.  Please consider joining us on Sunday mornings at the Danbury Community Center, 9:30 am.  We would love to see you and worship with you.  
May 15, 2022 No matter where we are, God has a purpose for each of us.  His word is a guiding light.  Are you reading His word daily, meditating on it, applying it to your daily life?  Read a chapter a day.  If that’s too much, a paragraph or just a verse.  What we need is inside His book.  Spend some time each day with God.   
Songs Lauren Daigle 2022 best playlist
May 8, 2022 God loves us.  God is love.  We show God’s love to others through our actions. We love God because He first loved us. Look at the cross.  God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on that cross for each of us, for all our sins –past, present, and future.  If He loves us that much, we can love others.  Be imitators of God.  We cannot change the past, but we can walk in the truth now.   Love. 
Songs “Hold on to me” by Lauren Daigle.   
May 1, 2022 Are you protected from the wiles of the Devil?  We need to stay strong in Christ. If God is on our side, we have nothing to fear. We need to know the truth of God. Keep alert and keep praying. If you’re heart is not right with God, you are not right. If you have God on your side, He’ll take care of you. Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us the armor of God, protection against the wiles of the Devil. Put on the armor of God.  Stay connected to God daily. Think about this: If Jesus came today, would He be pleased with me and the way I have been living my life? 
Songs  “Your wings” by Lauren Daigle
April 24, 2022 Pastor sends out “Thoughts for the day” from time to time. They are posted on our website for you to read. Here is one of the last ones he sent so you can see what he writes.  We encourage you to read others on that page of our website.  Services are Sunday at 9:30 at the Danbury Community Center.  You are welcomed to join us.

My New Testament reading recently included the passage

2Corinthians 4:3-5  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  (4)  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  (5)  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  – From a natural standpoint, there are few things scarier than being lost. This is also true in the spiritual realm, but what is even more scary is that those who are lost spiritually, usually do not even realize that they are lost. For those who know Christ, and enjoy the sweet fellowship, peace, and comfort of that personal relationship, it may be easy for us to forget that if it were not for God’s great mercy and grace, we would be just as lost and ignorant as anyone else. It is easy to focus on the sinful things that people do and the foolish attitudes and ideas that lost people have and espouse. We can and do often become extremely upset with them. However, they are us without Christ. There would be absolutely no difference between them and us if it were not for the miracle of salvation which God worked in us and on our behalf. Keeping this in mind should help us in our attitude towards them. They believe that they are going in a right direction. They believe that the path they are on is the best one for them. God’s word tells us

 Proverbs 16:25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

They do not know what lies ahead. They have no way of knowing where that path will end. Rather than merely getting upset with them and their actions or ideas and thinking “Just wait, they will get what’s coming to them in the end.”, we ought to have compassion on them and be praying that God would do for them what He did for us. Do we have that heart of compassion? Are we seeking God’s wisdom and guidance for opportunities to be an instrument by which the Gospel might be revealed to them?

God can use many things. It may be an invitation to church, or a Gospel tract or an act of unexpected or undeserved kindness.

Matthew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

April 17, 2022  Happy Easter!  Happy Resurrection Day!  Christ died on the cross to save you from all your sins.  He was buried on the third day He was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures.  He offers eternal life.   Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 “For God so loved the world that He sent His Only begotton Son that whosoever believeth in Him will have eternal life.” John 3:16   “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13  May the music fill your soul. 
Songs  “God’s not dead” by Newsboys   
“Nobody” by Casting Crowns   
“Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns
“Chain Breaker”  by Zach Williams   
“You say” by Lauren Daigle 
April 10, 2022 Pastor will have today’s sermon on our Facebook page.  Please watch it.  Always remember that God loves you. Happy Easter.  
April 3, 2022 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3: 16   Jesus paid the price for our sins, once for all.  He died on the cross for each one of us.  He was buried and raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3: 5 + 6 
Songs “How He loves” by Crowder   
If you can (you can find it on movie channels life PureFlix), watch “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. 
March 27, 2022 If you love the Lord, follow Him.  Read His word.  Praise Him from your heart. His word is for us, written for us.  Read, learn, honor, praise.  Love the Lord, your God, will your heart, soul, and mind.   
Songs  “Thou art worthy”   
“All my hope” by Crowder   
“He is” by Aaron Jeoffrey
March 20, 2022 1 Chronicles 17: 34 (NIV) “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”   It’s easy to get so caught up in the work of God instead of God Himself.  Don’t let the work you do for Him replace Him in your heart. Think about His goodness and all He provides for you.  God created you, provides for you, and sustains you.  God loves you personally no matter what trials or circumstances that come into your lives.  Worship Him. Live your life in a way that shows others who God is. 
Songs “The Motions” by Matthew West   
“Give me Your eyes” by Brandon Heath
“Good God Almighty” by Crowder     
“Less like me” by Zach Williams
March 6, 2022 “Thus saith the LORD,”  You will find this beautiful statement many times in the bible.  It is direct communication from the LORD to us that He has written down for us.  Don’t minimize, trivialize, or skim over this phrase.  Notice that “LORD” is capitalized.  In Hebrew this is God’s name and the orthodox Jew wouldn’t use His name (Yahweh) for fear of using it in vain, so “LORD” is what was said.  As with the whole bible, God is speaking to us. Don’t lose the wonder and awe of God who dwells in our hearts.  God’s words are unlike any other words. 
Songs “Voice of truth” by Casting Crowns     
“Weary traveler” by Jordan St. Cyr   
“Word of God speak” by MercyMe   
Feb. 27, 2022 Have you ever felt abandoned by God?  That’s a great question.  God sometimes leaves us in our situations to see how we will conduct ourselves.  Throughout the bible there are situations where He has done that.  He hasn’t “left” us, just watched.  When challenging situations arise, we often look to our own strength to solve it instead of seeking God and His instruction.  God should be the first place we go. When we mess up, He is faithful and forgiving.  Praise God! Turn to God.  Read His word.  He is our strength and our shield.
Song “East to West” by Casting Crowns   
Feb. 20, 2022 Remember that there is a section for Pastor’s Notes that he shares with us from his devotions.  Here is one for you if you haven’t read any before.  If you have been reading them, this one is just in a different place. 

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Just as the Holy Ghost was involved in the physical birth of Christ, so He is involved in the spiritual birth of every child of God. Every one that is been born of the Holy Ghost is also a “holy thing.” Because we will still have the carnal nature within us which tempts us to sin, as long as we are in this body, we are admonished to “be ye holy for I am holy.” However, the actions of a child of God is not what makes them holy, it is the fact that they have been born of that holy seed which makes them perfectly holy and fit for the Kingdom of God. Thus God tells us in

1John 3:9-10  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

The verb “commit” that the Holy Spirit moved the Apostle John to use in verse 10 is in the form which describes a continuous behavior. While a child of God may give in to a temptation at some point, they will not, in fact God says they “cannot” continue in that sin because it goes against their spiritual nature. Thus John continues by saying in v10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

There are many who believe that they have been saved because they said some words, but God makes it clear that those who can continue in sin have not been born of God’s seed. God tells us plainly that this is how we can know for sure if we have been born of the Spirit and are in fact a child of God. There may be someone who is lost in sin, who prayed a prayer and think that they are saved but wonder why their lives and inner desires are no different. My prayer is that by sharing this they might examine their heart and consider if they have ever recognized and repented of their sin and accepted Christ as their Lord by surrendering their heart to Him.

1John 5:12-13  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Feb. 13, 2022 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not evny, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13: 1-8a 
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”  I John 4:8
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9 & 10 
Song “Love like this”  Lauren Daigle  
Feb. 6, 2022 Wisdom.  Wisdom comes from God.  If we seek it, He will lead us.  Here is a challenge for you.  Read one chapter of Proverbs every day for a month.  Listen to God’s word through Solomon concerning wisdom.  Be willing to listen, to learn, to grow.  Seek understanding.  Find peace. 
Song “I will rise” by Chris Tomlin   
“Who am I” by Casting Crowns  
Jan. 30, 2022 Today’s message dealt with the enemy within our own hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can know it?” All the sin that we do, say, or think comes out of the heart. This is because of the sin nature we all have. Christ gave us power to fight this — the Holy Spirit.  We must be on our guard against our sinful nature.  We need to remember what Christ has done for us and confess our sins, seek forgiveness, spend time in the word, and focus on God.  We are all capable of being led astray. Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples.  He was with Jesus.  He knew Jesus.  Yet he was betrayed by his own sinful heart and betrayed Jesus, giving him up to the authorities for money.  Judas went to kiss Jesus to show he was the one to arrest and Jesus, knowing what was going on since He knows all, still called Judas “friend.”  Jesus loves each of us.  Seek His forgiveness.  Seek knowledge by being in the word daily.  Remember, God’s mercies are new every morning. 
Songs   “The Well” by Casting Crowns     
Jan. 23, 2022 Today’s message was centered on Mark 1: 9-13 and entitled “The Big Picture: The Enemy Without.”  Satan, Devil, Great Serpent, god of this world, Deceiver, etc.  We can’t have a good understanding of our lives and what’s happening in the world without an understanding of Satan and his behavior.  Satan tempts.  Satan deceives. He trips us up. It is his business to deceive the world.  He wants to be like God.  He knows God’s word.  He twists it up with lies and half truths.  He can be very convincing. Why is he so successful?  It’s because of our inherit sinfulness of our own flesh.  How do we fight him and our sinful nature?  Stay close to God.  Be in the word.  Rely on it during days of trouble.  Be close to God. What God says is right.  Pray. Pray. Pray.  Even in the heartache, even in the trials, even in the hurt and pain, even in the joy, even in the happiness, even in every situation of your life — trust and honor and serve God.  Amen. 
Songs “Even if” by MercyMe   
“Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns   
 “Voice of Truth”    
Jan. 16, 2022  Brrr.  The cold has set in.  Is your spirit cold too?  Where are you today?  Are you hunkering down in a warm house with coffee and the TV?  Are you reading your bible?  Is God the focus of your life or just something you do from time to time?  Have you accepted His free gift of salvation — Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for your sins?  If your answer is no, why not?  Are you waiting for a “better time”  when “you are worth it”  “you’ve done better things”  “you’ve fixed the bad things you did”  “you feel He might accept you” ?  You will never be good enough; that’s the whole reason why God sent His perfect Son to die in your place.  Accept that, know that this is the very reason Christ died FOR YOU.  With acceptance of Christ, we become God’s family.  Heaven is real and our final destination.  Eternity with Christ, praising God.  Yes, please! 
If you have accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, praise God. Put God first in your life.  Read His word daily. Meditate on it as your day unfolds.  Worship Him with other Christians. Fellowship with other Christians.  We would love to have you join us each week.  If you are too far away, look for a bible teaching, bible preaching church to fellowship with.  Be sure they believe and teach that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died on the cross for your sins according to the scriptures, that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He is in heaven with God waiting for His appointed time to return and take you home. What a day of rejoicing that will be! 
Songs “Desert Road” by Casting Crowns     
“Make Room” by Casting Crowns 
Jan. 2, 2022 Happy New Year!  Today’s teaching centered on 2 Corinthians 5: 17-19.  If we have an understanding of the whole picture, it helps us understand the pieces. God doesn’t want any to perish.  He’s offered His Son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we can be reconciled to Him.  He sees our sins, but loves us anyway. His desires to bring us together.  Won’t you accept His gift of salvation and join the family of God?   
Songs  “In the House”  by Crowder 
“Forgiven” by Crowder
Dec. 31, 2021 The Pastor’s Notes page is updated.  Please forgive the lack of updates up to this date.  Services are still being video taped and placed onto our Facebook page.  We’d love to have to come to the Danbury Community Center and worship with us.  We meet at 9:30am Sunday mornings.  Please understand you are more than welcomed to join us. May your new year be full of love and hope.  May the Lord bless you as you follow and serve Him.  Open your hearts and receive His free gift of salvation.  God bless.  
Dec. 19, 2021 Jesus is the reason for the season.  God sent His only Son for us.  Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth.  The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, will tell you all about His coming, His ministry, His death, and His ressurection. Read the word. 
Dec. 5, 2021 Remember that we have a page called Pastor’s Notes– Thoughts for the day. 
Today’s message was from John 6: 53-66.  Jesus is the living bread that came down from heaven for us.  This bread is His flesh which He gave for the life of the world. On the cross, He gave His life and His blood as a sacrifice for us.  He paid for our sins — took the punishment for us.  Sometimes we aren’t sure what God means in His word, but faith is believing God even if we don’t understand what He’s talking about. When the bible talks about “eating Jesus’s flesh,” it’s all symbolic.  God gave us His Son, in the flesh, to offer us salvation.  Accept the gift.  You’ll never regret it.
Nov. 27, 2021 The title for the message at Ragged Mountain Bible Church for Sunday was “The Reality of If Ye Forgive Not” and the text Matthew 6:6 -15  . We are meeting at the Danbury Community Center from 9:30 to 10:30Am. All are welcomed to come and worship God and hear the message from His word.   You can also access the sermon via our Facebook page.  If you can’t join us, you can still hear the message. 
Nov. 20, 2021
During this time when our thoughts are focused on thanksgiving, I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am especially thankful for all my fellow pastors who are laboring together with me in ministering the word. We must always take care not to let differences in our understanding of some things in God’s word cause us not to appreciate one another and thank God for each other. We have much in common for which we can be thankful.
We are all saved by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
We are all born of the Spirit of God
We all serve the same Master to the best we can and according to our understanding of what His word teaches.
We are all sons of the same Father and loved by Him with a love that is beyond comprehension
We have all been called, gifted, and anointed by God for the specific function of ministering His word and empowered by His Spirit to do so.
We also all have a common enemy who is bent on discouraging and hindering the work God has for us and through us. This enemy is powerful. He is extremely devious and relentless. We also know that he has many helpers in his efforts. Some are fully aware that they are opposing Christ but many are deceived and ignorant that they are being used as instruments of unrighteousness. They are like those who Jesus speaks of in John 16:2  who “ will think that he doeth God service.”
The Apostle Paul also warns 2Co 11:13-16  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  (14)  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  (15)  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Thus we all should be thankful for one another and need to be praying to our God on behalf of one another.
Nov. 13, 2021 From Pastor Tower’s Notes he sends us. 
In has been a while since I gave an update on the ministry in Danbury. God continues to bless in spite of all the fear, troubles and contentions that are going on in our nation. I thank God for the people He has brought together to worship and serve Him. There were 18 in the services on Sunday October 31, and a couple of new people have been attending these last couple of weeks. It is good to see younger people starting to attend. I marvel how God can use someone who is not a great pulpiteer; someone who is not flashy or charismatic or has good stage presence. I just preach the word to the best I can with the gifts God has given me, trusting wholly on the Holy Spirit to speak to hearts and do the work in them that only He can do. Please continue to pray for me and for God to continue to prosper His work. Pray also for those in our church that have been such a blessing and help in the ministry here at the Ragged Mountain Bible Church. God has brought together such a wonderful group of loving and caring saints. They are undoubtedly one of the best congregations any pastor has had the privilege to shepherd. Pray that God might continue to protect us from that wicked one who is always working to hinder God’s work. Satan never ceases to attack and try to discourage but praise God, through His power we will prevail.  My earnest prayer is for the spiritual growth of our people and that the work might grow so that it might be able to support a pastor and his financial needs. I praise God that He has blessed me financially so that I am able to serve full time in the ministry. Pray also for my health as it continues to return to what it was before my heart surgery. I praise God also for the way He has protected our congregation from all the sickness that is so prevalent.
1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Nov. 6, 2021 John 8:1-11  It is a blessing to be able to read God’s word daily.  It is precious to spend time with the Lord.  Praise God.  It is a blessing to know that God hears us.   When we read/hear God’s word, we’re sitting at His feet. The word is the revealed truth of God.  God’s grace and mercy is indescribable. His love for us is why He sent His Son to die in our place for our sins.  Read the word.   
Songs “Red Letter Day” by Newsong   
“Mercy Came Running”  by Phillips, Craig, & Dean
Oct. 31, 2021  Several Pastor’s Notes have been added to that page. Please consider reading them. Pastor shares from his devotions and teaches through these notes.  Remember that the sermons are posted on our Facebook page, and you are welcome to watch them.  You don’t have to create an account to view them.   Here is his last Pastor’s note. 
The NT reading today included 1Thessalonians 4:6-9  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.  (7)  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.  (8)  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.  (9)  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
It is interesting that the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to use the word defraud in this passage. In general we think of the word in relation to cheating, often through deception, someone out of something, usually money, that rightfully belongs to them. It also can mean denying someone the use of something to which they have a right as in 1 Corinthians 7:5.
Notice that God says “That no man…defraud his brother in any matter.” There are certain things that every child of God has a right to because they are a child of God. They have a right to be loved and respected, to be upheld and encouraged, to be supported and prayed for. All our actions and words to and about them should reflect these things. If not, then there is a problem, and it is not in them but in ourselves. Too often people allow their personal feelings to control them and their words and actions rather than the word of God and the Holy Spirit.
Notice also, the dire warning that is also spoken of here. “because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. “ God takes very seriously the actions and words that we speak and do to every one of His children and He says that He personally will avenge them. Those who mistreat a brother or sister for any reason will bring God’s judgment upon themselves. This often involves their family as well. Many who profess Christ bring severe hardships upon themselves and their families because of their words and actions against their brothers and sisters.
Thus the Apostle goes on to remind us what God’s will is for us towards each other.
(9)  But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Oct. 25, 2021 Who Am I?
I am a sinner saved by grace through faith in the finished work and sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
I am a beloved child of the heavenly Father.
I am born of the Spirit of God and the Holy Spirit of God dwells within me.
I am part of the body of Christ and fulfill that function within that body for which I was specifically designed.
I am part of the bride of Christ and I am to obey and honor Him as a wife to her husband.
I am a citizen of Heaven to which I owe my highest loyalty.
I am an ambassador for Christ to represent Him and His wishes in this world.
I am a servant of the Most High and Sovereign God of All.
I am a fellow heir of the glories of Heaven.
None of these things were or are the work of my own doing. They were all accomplished, designed and ordained by God for me. If you are truly a Christian, then they are just as true about you.
When you think of me or speak about me, or do something to me, remember, my God knows your thoughts; my Father is listening; and my Master is watching.
Now consider a brother or sister in Christ with whom you may have a quarrel or be “on the outs” with, and replace “I am” with “They are” and consider that last statement with that person in mind.
Oct. 18, 2021 The title of the message was “Beware of being a nearsighted Christian.”  Many of us get focused on what’s close by, the short term, instead of the long term. It’s wise to always consider what would be wise in the long run.  Dr. Bob Jones Sr said, “Never sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate.” Remember, where your treasure is there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21.   Those things He provides for us – those blessings – are also for those who are in need.  Look to the long term, as well as the immediate.  Have compassion on others.  Please listen to the words of this song. 
Song “One Awkward Moment” by Casting Crowns  
Oct. 10, 2021 The sermon today was one of the hardest the Lord has had me to preach but it is one of the most needed. There is plenty of opportunity for the enemy to misquote or misinterpret what it says, but I must preach what the Lord gives and says in His word. It exposes why there is so much discord within churches.

One of the pages on this site is called Pastor’s Notes — Thoughts of the day.  Pastor Tower shares these short messages with us from his daily devotions and readings.  Here is one from October 12, 2021.  Go to that page to read more. 
I was first introduced to the writings of A. W. Tozer many years ago when I was attending Trinity Baptist College. Tozer was a Missionary Alliance preacher and author of a number of excellent practical Christian living books. He died in 1963. The summary below comes from his Five Vows For Spiritual Strength. These may sound familiar to those who have known me and heard some of the sermons God has laid upon my heart.
Tozer: This is not to preach sinless perfection. This is to say that every known sin is to be named, identified and repudiated, and that we must trust God for deliverance from it, so that there is no more sin anywhere in our lives. It is absolutely necessary that we deal thus, because God is a holy God and sin is on the throne of the world.
Tozer: I do not mean by this that you cannot have things. I mean that you ought to get delivered from this sense of possessing them. This sense of possessing is what hinders us. All babies are born with their fists clenched, and it seems to me it means: “This is mine!” One of the first things is “mine” in an angry voice. That sense of “This is mine” is a very injurious thing to the spirit. If you can get rid of it so that you have no feeling of possessing anything, there will come a great sense of freedom and liberty into your life.
Tozer: We’re all born with a desire to defend ourselves. And if you insist upon defending yourself, God will let you do it. But if you turn the defense of yourself over to God, He will defend you.
Tozer: “Love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). The talebearer has no place in God’s favor. If you know something that would hinder or hurt the reputation of one of God’s children, bury it forever. Find a little garden out back–a little spot somewhere–and when somebody comes around with an evil story, take it out and bury it, and say, “Here lies in peace the story about my brother.” God will take care of it. “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged” (Matthew 7:2).
Tozer: God is jealous of His glory and He will not give His glory to another. He will not even share His glory with another. It is quite natural, I should say, for people to hope that maybe their Christian service will give them a chance to display their talents. True, they want to serve the Lord. But they also want other people to know they are serving the Lord. They want to have a reputation among the saints. That is very dangerous ground–seeking a reputation among the saints. It’s bad enough to seek a reputation in the world, but it’s worse to seek a reputation among the people of God. Our Lord gave up His reputation, and so must we.
Oct. 3, 2021 Satan tries to always keep people in sickness and trouble, but through Christ we can be rescued.  God uses Satan at times to show people that He is God. God has purposes even when we don’t understand. Stay close to God. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t ever forget that God is in control, not Satan.  There is joy in Christ. There may be sadness in your circumstances, but there is always joy in Christ.  Hold on to that. 
Songs “Stand” by Newsboys   
Sept. 26, 2021 Remember that you are able to access Pastor’s sermons via our Facebook page.  Go the the home page here and hit the link. When it opens, look to the left side and hit “videos” from the list provided.  You will have access to all the sermons he has posted.  Please consider joining us on Sundays at the Danbury Community Center, 9:30.  We’d love to have you. 
Song “Voice of Truth”   
 If you haven’t seen the movie Facing the Giants, you should watch it.  Also watch Fireproof.   
Sept. 19, 2021  Pastor Tower was away today, so David Mexcur and his wife were our speakers.  They are part of the Crescent Project missionaries reaching out to Muslims.  They are very active, serving in this region, teaching and leading others.  Much is happening in the Muslim world and leaders willing to love them and show them Christ are important.  You can go to their website to learn more.  Remember, we are to go out and preach the word, show Christ through what we do, show others the difference simply by how we live and what we say.  Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved  children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” 
Song “We believe” by Newsboys
Sept. 12, 2021 The bible is God’s  Word. Treasure it. Hide His words in your heart. Use them to avoid sin.  Use them to comfort.  Use them to grow in your Christian walk.  Meditate on them. Memorize them. Pay attention to them. Don’t let reading the bible become so routine that we don’t listen to it.  Go to our Facebook page via the link on the home page here and listen to Pastor’s sermon for today.   Come to worship with us on Sunday.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs “‘God of all my days” by Casting Crowns     
Sept. 5, 2021  We have two powerful and deceiving enemies that we need to be on guard for daily. One is Satan and the other is ourselves, our sinful nature.  We need to examine our own attitudes and actions and make sure they are in accordance with God’s word.  We should live according to God’s word so that we don’t become a stumbling block for others.  If we see another Christian in sin, we should gracefully and lovingly talk to them, remembering that we too are sinners.  For those who may not know Christ, may not have even heard of Him, our actions, our words should show them that something is different with us so that we have an opportunity to introduce them to Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Even if we don’t get to talk to them, our lives should show them.  May our lives this week be a testimony. 
Songs “Nobody” by Casting Crowns   
August 28, 2021 Remember that Pastor posts the sermons on our Facebook page that you can access via our home page here.  Once you open Facebook, on the left side is a list where you will find “videos” to open where all the sermons are located.   
Today we were reminded what Jesus said were to two greatest commandments. Matthew 22: 37-39 (NIV) ” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first  and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”    To love our neighbor is to help them, to show them any sins in their lives, to listen, etc.  It’s not to criticize, put down, or make them feel bad.  Remember we all sin.  We all have issues.  We need to reach out to others knowing we are no better and having a proper, Godly attitude. Show God through your actions, words, and deeds.  Let others see Christ in you. 
Songs “One Day” by Matt Redman  https”://       
“10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
August 22, 2021 James 4: 1-11: We learn that Christians have “issues” too.  We all knew this though.  Even Christians sin.  It’s our human nature (“spirit”) that wars within us causing us to do things that are not God-honoring.  This is going to happen until we are with God in heaven.  The challenge is how to not do this. When we allow our human spirit to react, it causes us to be a hindrance to the work of Christ. Remember: We all have things that God is still working on.  We are a work in progress.  Praise God for that! Have patience with one another. Don’t fuss and gossip about something someone else did.  Go to them in Christian love and speak to them directly. Don’t serve Satan and his desires.  Don’t let Satan get the advantage in your lives.  Serve God. Conduct yourselves according to God’s word, not your “feelings” about something.  Forgive others “Just as Christ forgave you” when He died for you on the cross.  Think about it. 
Songs  “What if I stumble” by DC Talk       
“The God who stays” by Matthew West 
August 15, 2021 Jesus ministers to all.  Not just some: ALL.  He didn’t show favoritism, partiality, concerns for race, age, gender, any form of discrimination, etc.  God send His Son to the world.  If we are His and we fail or wander away, He seeks us and draws us back to Him.  He has great compassion on each individual person. Do we? We, as Christians, are to do the same.  We are to speak what God’s word says — speak the Gospel. There is nothing more important than the gospel of Christ. 
Songs  “The Gospel” by Ray Stevenson   
“Word of God Speak” by MercyMe
August 8, 2021 The Bible is not stories.  It is history.  It is real accounts, eyewitness accounts, written down for us through the men God chose to write it and led to write it through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Bible is what we have, ordained by God, to lead us through our daily walk with Him.  Read His word.  Be in His word. Recognize that God is in charge–in control.  There is a divine plan for everything.  If you belong to God, react to life’s situations in a way that brings honor to God. God knows our hearts. He knows we aren’t perfect.  H
e knows the intent of our hearts.  He knows our pain.  He knows our joy.   Keep your eyes on the Lord.  God is watching us. 
Songs “Come to the well” by Casting Crowns
August 1, 2021 God has a specific plan for each of us for His glory.  Satan has a plan too.  Satan’s plan is to keep us from God. Satan is a master manipulator, a master of subtleness, user of deception, twister of things, and he hasn’t changed because it still works.  Don’t be led astray by Satan’s or the world’s interpretations of things happening.  Go to the word of God. Focus on God. We may not understand what is being said sometimes, but we can trust the One who says it. We are often blinded to our own faults.  God’s word must come first.  Have confidence in His word.  Follow it regardless of full understanding.   Honor God. 
Songs  Lauren Daigle – How Can It Be (Starstruck Sessions) – YouTube   
July 25, 2021 Pastor Tower taught on the power of words using Job 27: 1-11.  Job lost everything: children, crops, and animals.  He was a wealthy man.  As he sat in sack cloth and ashes, his friends tried to console him, but all they did was decide he was guilty of sins that caused such great pain in his life.  They told him to “curse God and die.” Job continued to love and honor God even though he perceived that he’d been denied justice. He maintained the integrity of his heart.  His faith in God was unwavering. The words of his friends did not change that.  Regardless of the physical, emotional, or spiritual trials/crisis you might be in, your words matter.  It’s easy to praise God when all is going well; praise Him in the trials too. Exercise your faith in God regardless of the circumstances. Your words matter; others are listening.
Songs    Fires (Official Music Video) – Jordan St. Cyr – YouTube    Casting Crowns – Praise You In This Storm (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube      Casting Crowns – Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) [Official Lyric Video] – YouTube   
July 18, 2021 Pastor Temple led the sermon today. He taught from 1 Samuel chapter 1 showing us the lessons Hannah learned. We all get broken hearts sometimes.  What we do with it makes all the difference. Hannah lived in a time and culture where women were to have babies, especially sons, to carry on the family name.  Hannah had none.  The lessons we can learn from her broken heart are: 1) God can be a sovereign source of suffering.  He has reasons for all of it. If suffering is what He wills for us, we are to accept it, not bellyache and complain that it isn’t fair. 2) People can be a sad source of encouragement. Never substitute God’s comfort for people’s comfort. 3) The soul can be a serious seeker of God’s grace. There is nothing wrong with getting passionate about your situation. Pour out your heart before the Lord. Give God an open and honest heart and a willingness to accept His answer. 4) Earnest prayer can be a satisfying source of stabilizing peace.  5) God will be a sure source of sanctified solutions.  God’s got a plan. It’s a holy plan, not a worldly plan.  Suffering is hard work.  We may never understand why we had to go through whatever it is that is breaking our hearts until we reach Heaven, but God is good.  Trust in that.  Be an organ donor today; Give God your heart. 
Songs  Great Are You Lord – Casting Crowns – with Lyrics – YouTube    Lauren Daigle – Hold On To Me (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    MercyMe – Even If (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube   
July 11, 2021 Matthew 9:1-8 tells us about some friends who hearing that Jesus was here carried their paralyzed friend to see Jesus.  Jesus told the man that his sins were forgiven.  In that time period and culture, it was believed that a person’s sins or the sins of their parents were responsible for illnesses.  The teachers of the law were upset and considered what Jesus, a “man,” had done as blasphemy.  They didn’t speak out loud, but Jesus addressed their comments, as He is God’s Son and knew what they were thinking.  He showed them that the Son of Man had authority on earth and told the paralyzed man to get up and go home.  That man got up and walked home, cured.  Jesus has the authority to forgive sins because He carried ALL the sins of the world on himself when He died on the cross for us.  He paid the price for our sins — ALL of them.  He rose again, according to the Scriptures and is at the right hand of God in heaven waiting for us.  All we need to do is accept His free gift of salvation and our sins are forgiven.  It doesn’t mean we won’t sin again — we’re human.  But we do have a Savior who is willing to forgive us when we seek His forgiveness.  Without Jesus, we are destined to burn in Hell for all eternity instead of live in peace in Heaven with our Savior.  No sin is worth the penalty of the torment of Hell.  Are you searching for answers?  Are you searching for peace?  Come to Jesus. 
Songs  Casting Crowns – Only Jesus (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    Casting Crowns – Scars in Heaven (Official Music Video) – YouTube    Zach Williams – Good To Know (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube   
July 4, 2021 Happy birthday, America!  You can access Pastor’s sermons on our Facebook page any time you would like.  You don’t have to be a member of our Facebook page to gain access.  Go to this site’s homepage and click the Facebook link. When it opens, look at the list on the left and click “videos” to gain access.  You are also welcomed to join us on Sunday mornings at the Danbury Community Center with services starting at 9:30 am.  
June 27, 2021 In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul reminds us that our physical bodies are only temporary.  We have a heavenly body awaiting us. When we leave this earth, we will be accountable to God for what we have done in this body, what we have said.  We are forgiven of our sins; remember that.  We are accepted by God when we are forgiven of those sins and accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.  What we do and have done may not be though. Do others see God in us?  Do others see God in what we do and say?  Are we different from the “world”? We long to hear from God these words: “Well done my good and faithful servant.” 
Songs Newsboys – God’s Not Dead – YouTube       Newsboys – We Believe (Official Music Video) – YouTube        Newsboys – That’s How You Change The World – YouTube    Matthew West – The Motions – YouTube
June 20, 2021 Remember that you can access videos of the sermons through our Facebook page. The link is on this home page. Once on Facebook, look for the list on the left side and hit videos.  All those posted will be available for you.  You are also always welcomed to join us each Sunday at the Danbury Community Center.  We look forward to worshipping with you. 
1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  We are God’s children.  What a wonderful thought.  God loves us.  What kind of love takes a sinner, washes the sinner clean, and brings that sinner into His family?  The love of God does.  Nothing we can give, do, or pay can remove our sins. Nothing except accepting Jesus Christ. God gave His only Son for us.  Jesus paid the price for our sins.  He did it willingly.  Love.  What is love?  1 John 4:9 + 10 “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  Jesus took our place.  He then rose again and is at the right hand of the Father waiting for us.  We are precious to Him. This free gift is waiting for you to accept it.  Believe. Tell Jesus you believe He is the Son of God, that He died for your sins, that He rose again, all according to the Scriptures.  Tell Him you are a sinner in need of a Savior.  Ask Him into your heart.  Now, welcome to the loving family of God!
Songs Behold What Manner of Love – The Maranatha! Singers – YouTube        Casting Crowns – The Well (w/ Lyrics) – YouTube
June 13, 2021 Regardless of what is happening in your life, continue to strive to be what Christ wants you to be, not other people. Don’t fall into the temptation to fall into the same behavior as the world. Don’t worry about how others are treating you; treat them as God wants you to treat them. God is just. He will take care of it. He’ll do it better than we can ever imagine.  He’ll deal with the issue in His own time — not our time.  His timing is perfect. Do what is right toward those who treat you poorly; pray for them, help them, be kind toward them. Hard? Yes! But that’s where faith comes in.
Songs Healing–“I Will Not be Shaken” – YouTube    A Lot Like You – YouTube  
June 6, 2021 We have a choice what we’ll “put on” daily. Will it be the new nature: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience?  Will it be the old nature: immorality, evil desires, lust, greed?   Anger, wrath, and malice come from a reaction to what others do to us or say about us. Christians have the power through Christ to avoid sinful reactions. We have a choice whether or not we sin. Grow in your understanding of Christ by digging into His word daily.  Learn, memorize, and draw on the word to help you daily.  We can live triumphantly regardless of what others say or do.  Focus on God’s word. 
Song Steven Curtis Chapman – More Than Conquerors (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube   
May 30, 2021 Memorial Day is about remembering.  God will remember to keep His promises.  God’s promises are a reality.  It’s not something made up just to get you to think of Him.  He has a reason and a purpose for everything He says and does.  His word is full of His promises, fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled.  In Genesis, the first book of the bible, God causes a world-wide flood to remove all He had created because their sins were so great.  Yet, He kept Noah and his family, seven people, alive in an ark.  He also kept two of every animal on the earth alive in that same ark.  When Noah was again on dry land, God gave him a sign that was His promise to never again flood the entire earth.  That was His rainbow.  When we see His rainbow, we are reminded of His promise to us.  Remember that the next time you see a rainbow in the sky.  Remember that God loves you and is waiting for you with open arms.  Remember that He will forgive your sins, all of them, and welcome you into the family and eternal life.  He’s waiting for you.  If you are reading this, you are searching for answers, searching for peace, searching for a place to worship, searching for hope. God is the answer.  What is your answer to Him?   
Song The Savior Is Waiting – YouTube    Casting Crowns – Love Moved First (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube
May 23, 2021 Pastor will post the sermon on our Facebook page.  Please feel free to visit and listen and learn and worship with us. 
In chaotic times, remember to stay focused on Christ. We were crucified with Christ. We were buried with Christ. We were raised from the dead with Christ. Our relationship with Christ is a new life.  Christ is in control of everything. Stay centered on your security in Christ. Stay centered on your destiny with Christ. Seek first the kingdom of God. Don’t get so caught up in the circumstances that you lose focus on God. Keep your heart fixed on things above. Stay centered in your identity with Christ.
Songs New Lauren Daigle Christian Worship Songs 2020 🙏 Best Worship Songs Playlist of Lauren Daigle – YouTube   
May 16, 2021 It appears nothing saved last time.  Our apologizes.  Pastor Tower has put his sermons on our Facebook page.  You can reach them by hitting our Facebook link on the home page on this site. On the left side of the page on Facebook, you will see “videos” that you can click to get to all the videos.  Please listen to them at your leisure.  May God bless your listening.  Please consider joining us on Sundays at the Danbury Community Center, 9:30am.  We are social distancing and wearing masks.  We would love to worship with you.  God loves you. 
Song Casting Crowns – Only Jesus (Official Music Video) – YouTube  
May 2, 2021 Remember that Pastor is teaching and recording the services. He places them on our Facebook page. You can reach the videos by looking at the list on the left side of the opening page.  You can reach the link to our Facebook page on the our home page here.  Please consider joining us for services. We would love to have you. 
Why thankfulness? 1) God always treats us better than we deserve. Romans 6:23.  2) Even in suffering, it’s an amazing privilege to serve Him and do His will.  3) Everything is working out for good! We know the end of the story. Romans 8:28.   4) We give thanks to God always because He is worthy.  5) When we don’t give thanks to God, we’re missing out on the greatest thing in life: Fellowship with the Almighty Father and His precious Son.   
A poem for you.  Someday….
Someday…I won’t have to worry. Someday…I’ll get it right. Someday…I’ll please my Savior.  Someday…I’ll be in His light.  Someday…I’ll pray with conviction.  Someday…I’ll no longer complain.  Someday…I’ll please my Savior.  Someday…I’ll let Jesus reign.  Someday…I’ll have victory.  Someday…I’ll faithfully stay.  Someday…I’ll please my Savior.     Someday…starts today.
Songs Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – YouTube     Sidewalk Prophets – “Live Like That” – YouTube   
April 24, 2021 Pastor Tower is teaching and filming the sermons again. He’s posting them on our Facebook page for you to watch and learn. 
God whispers, “I have not changed. Trust in Me. Fear not. I am with you always. Let Me be your strength. I love you.  Carry on.”  How can we press on in the face of insurmountable circumstances? Diligence.  Read 2 Peter 1.  The purpose of diligence: We are all given everything we need for life and godliness found through the promises in the Word.  The prerequisite of diligence: Faith. Without faith we are going nowhere.  The principals of diligence: To strenuously give of yourself, to lavishly give of yourself –nothing is too hard — run the race. The priorities of diligence: Seven elements of diligence according to the Bible are faith, add to that virtue, add to that knowledge, add to that self-control, add to that perseverance,  add to that godliness, add to that brotherly kindness, and add to that love. Be people known by the way we love others.  Grow in your knowledge of the Lord through the study of His word.  All we need for life is in that one book given to us by God.  Diligently study it. Diligently live out the truths found within. Take what we’ve been given and give back to God in a life of diligence. Don’t let circumstances keep you from showing love and kindness, showing God, to others.  Be His light. 
Songs  Word of God Speak – Mercy Me with Lyrics (High Quality) – YouTube     Lauren Daigle – Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Live – YouTube
Sunday, April 18, 2021 God whispers, “Let me be your strength. I love you. I have a plan and a purpose for your life. Carry on.”  How can we carry on?  Choose compassion. Reach out to serve others. The essences of compassion: It is agape love. It loves for the sake of love. It is selfless. It expects nothing in return.  Love like God loves us.  The expression of compassion: Love one another. Others see Christ in us through our love for others. They may never hear words from us, but they watch us and see love. Example of compassion: Love as Christ loves us. Be imitators of God.  Show love. Effect  and exercise of compassion: We show others God. We show others Christ’s love for us.  When we do this, we show kindness. When we show kindness, we lift our own spirits too.  There is a world out there that needs love.  We can show them that love.  It doesn’t have anything to do with getting anything back.  It has everything to do with following Christ.  Love one another.   
Songs  Mandisa – Bleed The Same ft. TobyMac, Kirk Franklin – YouTube    Big Daddy Weave – All Things New (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    Zach Williams – Turn It Over (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    Sidewalk Prophets – Smile (Official Music Video) – YouTube
Sunday, April 11, 2021 God whispers, “I have not changed. Trust in Me. Fear not. I love you. Stay calm and carry on.”  How do we remain confident and calm when the whole world around us is chaotic?  Scripture. Trouble happens.  We know this.  There are four things to make sure you don’t cave into the trouble. 1) Believe in Christ  John 14:1 (NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”  If we can trust God to save us from our sins and forgive us and give us eternal life with Him in heaven, we can trust Him for our everyday lives.  2) Believe in a place  John 14: 2 (NIV) “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  3) Believe in a promise   John 14:3 (NIV) “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”    Jesus is coming back to take you to heaven. He wants you to be with Him.  4) Believe in the plan  John 14:6 (NIV) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” Stay calm and carry on. 
Songs  Lauren Daigle – Rescue (Official Music Video) – YouTube    Matt Redman – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – YouTube         Lauren Daigle – Hold On To Me (Official Music Video) – YouTube
Sunday, April 4, 2021 Resurrection Day Matthew 11: 28-30 (NIV) “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”    You are never alone when you’ve trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Christ died for our sins, He died in our place, He conquered death, and He rose on the third day according to the Scriptures.  He sits at the right hand of God waiting for us.  It is our choice to receive Him, to ask Him to forgive us, to ask Him to enter our hearts and lives.  It is always our choice to receive Him.  What do you choose today? 
Songs  Zach Williams – Empty Grave (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power – YouTube    I Know That My Redeemer Lives – 7-Year-Old Claire Crosby – YouTube    Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) – Chris Tomlin (with lyrics) – YouTube  
Sunday, March 28, 2021 Jesus is our substitute for death.  He is the perfect Son of God.  God placed the whole sin of mankind on His perfect Son so that we do not have to die in our sins.  Jesus Christ paid the price for us. It’s as simple as that. You either believe what the Bible says — what God says — or you don’t.  When Jesus walked on the earth, He taught love, forgiveness, healing, truth, love one another, love your enemy, — all messages that were disrupting and foreign to the world at the time.  It was threatening, thus the Jews called for Jesus to be crucified, a horrible, horrible death. Jesus went willingly as this was God’s plan.  He died, according to the Scriptures, in our place and was raised again on the third day, according to the Scriptures, and is at the right hand of God now, waiting for us.  You either believe what the Bible says — what God says — or you don’t.  Acts 4:12 (NIV) says: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”  John 14:6 (NIV) says: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” Romans 5: 6-8 (NIV) says: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. None of us are perfect, but through the Cross, we are saved.  You either believe what the Bible says — what God says — or you don’t. Don’t be ashamed of the testimony of Christ. 
Songs The Crucifixion of Jesus | Worship | Above All – Michael W. Smith – YouTube   (Christ died for us.  He did this for us.  Scenes are from the move “The Passion of the Christ.”  It is hard to watch because my sins put Christ on that cross.  So did yours.  But He came willingly and died for us.)  
Sunday, March 21, 2021 Faithfulness is important. Are you grateful for God’s faithfulness? Deuteronomy 7:9a (NIV) says: “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God…” Psalm 33:4 (NIV) says: “For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 119:90a (NIV) says: Your faithfulness continues through all generations;…” Lamentations 3:23 (NIV) says: “Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV) says: “If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”   God’s faithfulness says we are forgiven (1 John 1:9), limits the power of our temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), and limits the power of Satan in our lives.  When we walk in the Spirit, we are devoted to God, unwavering, steadfast, trustworthy, dependable, obedient, and faithful.  Faithfulness is important.   
Songs Great Is Thy Faithfulness | Maranatha! Music (Lyric Video) – YouTube    Steve Green – Find Us Faithful (Live) – YouTube
Sunday, March 7 and March 14, 2021 While Pastor Tower is recovering from his surgery, he is spending his time in God’s word and writing many “thoughts for the day” messages for everyone.  They are posted on the Ragged Mountain Bible Church website, and we encourage you to spend some time reading them and listening to the Word.  In his absence from the pulpit, we have wonderful, godly speakers.  Please join us and grow in the Lord. 
The Attractive Quality of Kindness: Our salvation is an act of kindness from God. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit and is part of our Christian walk.  Kindness doesn’t mean we are a mat to walk on, for kindness is a strong, vibrant, godly trait.  God’s expression of kindness towards us: 1. pardons our sins, 2. provides for our needs, 3. protection, 4. answered prayer (remember that the answer could be “no”), 5. eternal life, 6. promises He keeps, 7. His involvement in our lives, and 8. His presences with us.  We extend kindness to others. Ephesians 4: 32 (NIV) says: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Remember, the cross is the most powerful, unforgettable act of kindness that we didn’t deserve.  Show Christ’s kindness to others each day. 
Songs:  Matthew West – Do Something – YouTube    Sidewalk Prophets – Come To The Table (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube    Sidewalk Prophets — “You Love Me Anyway” with Lyrics – YouTube   
Sunday, February 28, 2021 Fear. Fear of sudden trouble. Fear of difficulties. Fear.  Hear this: Fear can be managed.  It is the most often repeated command — Fear not.  God is still in control.  Don’t let anyone tell you that when you become a Christian things will be wonderful and perfect and everything will go right.  The bible very specifically tells us that there are troubles in this world. James 1:2 (NIV) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”.  It doesn’t say IF you face them, but WHEN you face them.  1 Peter 4:12 (NIV) ” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” Psalm 9:9 (NIV) “The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”  John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  Hard times happen.  Fear of them being out of God’s control should not happen.  You can have peace in the storms of life so fear does not take control.  Jesus is with you in the storm. 
Songs Be Strong and Courageous – Lyrics Acapella – YouTube    Zach Williams – Fear Is a Liar (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube      Praise you in this storm with lyrics – Casting Crowns – YouTube    MercyMe – Even If (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube      Lauren Daigle – Hold On To Me (Official Audio Video) – YouTube
Sunday, February 21, 2021 As Pastor recovers from his surgery, we will have a guest speaker. This means that there may not be any new videos of sermons for a little while, but keep in mind that all the old ones are still there that you can watch at any time.  May they bless you.  Please join us at the Danbury Community Center for worship.  We’d love to have you.  For today’s message, some encouragement:  Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grown tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 
May these words encourage you and lift you up.  May they bring you comfort and peace. Come to the Father.  His arms are open, and He is waiting for you. 
Songs The Motions music video – YouTube      Fires (Official Music Video) – Jordan St. Cyr – YouTube                           Jeremy Camp – Out Of My Hands (Radio Version/Lyric Video) – YouTube        Acappella “Create In Me” – YouTube    Zach Williams – Chain Breaker (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube
Sunday, February 14, 2021 Please remember that you can hear the full sermon by going to our Facebook page, link provided on the home page of this site.  On the left side you’ll see a list where you will find “videos.”  Click on that and it will open you up to the videos. You don’t have to sign up to view them. Today’s teaching was from 2 Samuel 11 where King David, a man after God’s own heart, commits adultery, tries to cover up his sin, and then arranges for the death of the woman’s husband.  Uriah was an honorable, faithful, dedicated man, devoted to the Lord, yet these things were allowed to happen to him.  God has used this incident to teach us many things. Even good people do bad things. There is no excuse for it, and it always bring evil.  We must remember that there is evil in this world: Satan. It is his desire to see us fall.  We must always be on our guard.  We must be careful; we must never get to a point in our lives that we think that we’re above sin or strong enough on our own. No matter how dedicated we are to God, we’re always vulnerable to commit sin.  Take warnings from God’s word as you read each day. Pray daily – often – constantly.  Don’t trust in yourself. And always remember: There is no sin and no sinner  who is beyond God’s mercy and God’s grace. God’s forgiveness is complete. We may have consequences for our choices to sin, but God is forgiving.  Trust Him today. 
Songs  Lauren Daigle – I Am Yours (Acoustic) – YouTube      Lauren Daigle – First (Deluxe Sessions) – YouTube 
Lauren Daigle – “Come Alive (Dry Bones) (Live at the CentricWorship Retreat) – YouTube
Lauren Daigle – Rescue (Starstruck Sessions) – YouTube 
Sunday, February 7, 2021 We should never get to the point where we believe that we understand so much that we can substitute what we believe for what God’s word says no matter who we are.  Statements that are hard to understand in the bible still must be taken on faith, believed, because God said it. Period. There are no contradictions in the bible. Our lack of understanding does not equal an error in what a perfect, holy God has said.  In the same way, just being “good” in our eyes, doing “good” things, saying “good” things, etc… does not mean we get to call ourselves a Christian and go to heaven.  Should we be doing good?  Of course.  But that alone does not get us to heaven.  Trust in the Lord does. Acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins does.  Where is your heart today?
Songs Casting Crowns – ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus (Acoustic) – YouTube     
When We All Get to Heaven – YouTube              Casting Crowns – At Calvary (Audio) – YouTube
Sunday, January 31, 2021 Pastor Tower spoke concerning the last supper and its significance.  Symbolism is an important part of the Scriptures.  The last supper was on the day of Unleavened bread.  Unleavened bread was a symbol of no sin.  The cup Jesus drank was symbolic of God’s wrath on sin.  Jesus willingly chose to drink that cup fully knowing what would happen to Him.  Unleavened bread was when the perfect lamb had to be sacrificed and the blood was to be spread over the door post and the sides of the door so that the angel of death would pass over those house. This was all when the Israelites were captive in Egypt.  Jesus was our sacrificial lamb.  Those who trust in Him are given eternal life with God. He’s already paid the price for all the sins of the world.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believeth in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”  What is God saying to you today?  Are you one of His family? 
Songs Matthew West – Hello, My Name Is (Lyrics) – YouTube 
Matthew West – Strong Enough – YouTube       
Matthew West – My Own Little World (Official Video) – YouTube
Sunday, January 24, 2021 Stop doubting and believe. The disciple Thomas said he would not believe Christ had risen from the dead unless he put his hand in the wounds on His side and in His hands.  Imagine what Thomas went through seeing Christ suffer at the hands of the Romans, betrayed by His own people, being hung on a cross, and dying for our sins.  His faith was shaken.  Jesus came to him and had him behold His side and his hands.  John 20:28 (NIV) “Thomas said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God.'”
Take Jesus at His word.  His word will bear out. Circumstances may say otherwise, but God…period.  God is…period.  Christ KNEW what He was doing, KNEW what would happen, KNEW how it would feel to take all the sins of all humanity on Himself, KNEW God the Father would have to look away because God would not look upon sin, KNEW all this and He came for you and for me anyway. How will our hearts respond to God’s truths today?  Please go to our Facebook page and listen to this sermon.  Please.
Song Who am I- Casting Crowns with Lyrics – YouTube
Big Daddy Weave – “My Story” (Official Music Video) – YouTube
Sunday, January 17, 2021 “Beware the Subtilty of Satan” 1Chronicles 21: 1-7 tells us how David, a man after God’s own heart, is led astray by Satan.  Satan got David to count the number of his fighting men.  This was not to be done.  This puts faith in our own resources, instead of in God where it belongs.  David admits in verse 8 that what he did was a sin, and he seeks forgiveness. It is important to remember that Satan is a master of deceit.  He often uses God’s own words to trick us.  He is crafty and active.  He can make it seem like we are doing the right thing, even though it is wrong.  His desire is to tear apart God’s people.  Don’t let him.  Stay strong in the faith.  Stay in God’s word. Obey.  Love one another. Build each other up. Forgive each other, just as Christ forgave you.  Focus on what God wants. Be redeemed. 
Songs Big Daddy Weave – “Redeemed” (Official Music Video) – YouTube   
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Every believer has a function in the body of Christ. Satan wishes to stop that.  Satan uses our sins to hinder the growth of Christ in ourselves and those we interact with. Either others won’t forgive and move forward or we ourselves hold ourselves back believing that God can’t use us.  Don’t let Satan win.  God say if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)  We still mess up, but as we grow in the knowledge of our Lord, we mess us less.  When we sin, it is God’s plan, His desire, to restore us, not to amputate us.  We are to be Christlike and do the same. 
Songs Zach Williams – Less Like Me (Official Music Video) – YouTube 
Everything Changed – YouTube         
Sunday, January 3, 2021  Happy New Year! Please remember that Pastor films the sermons and posts them on our Facebook page.  You don’t have to become a member of the Facebook page to see the videos.  On the left side is a list, one being “videos,” and you can click on that to be able to see all the sermons he’s posted.  We encourage you to listen and learn with us. 
Today’s lesson was “Teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:10-12)  It’s a new year, and we’re one year closer to eternity.  We will all face judgement before the throne of Grace.  It is important to remember that there is no “reset” button on life; we can’t go back and change anything we have or have not done.  A day of reckoning is coming.  Those whose names are in the book of life, who have accepted the free gift of salvation, will give an accounting of their lives before God.  We’ll be rewarded accordingly.  Those whose names are not in the book of life will be judged for their lives, their refusal to accept, to believe, and will face the Lake of Fire for all eternity.  This is what the bible tells us. It is not God’s desire to see any face Hell for all eternity; that’s why He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for us.  The question remains: How will you stand before God? 
Songs  Sidewalk Prophets- Help Me Find It (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube 
Sidewalk Prophets – Come To The Table (Acoustic Music Video) – YouTube 
Sunday, December 27, 2020 Pastor’s message was centered on 1 John 3: 1 & 2.  “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us.”  The more we understand how wretched our sins are the more amazed we are at how God could love us.  He is love.  He loves us!  Amen.  His love did not come without great cost: Jesus on the cross.  His love was sent to us through His one and only Son.  It was not based on us but on God by His grace. It is a love that surpasses all understanding, and it is freely given to us.  Our lives reflect that love as we express it with our every action.  Don’t just go through the motions of living a Christian life.  Have a heart for God.  Share it with others.   
Songs  Behold What Manner Of Love MARANATHA SINGERS – YouTube 
Matthew West – The Motions – YouTube 
Sunday, December 20, 2020 Pastor message was centered on Isaiah 9.  Focus on the wonder of what you are reading in God’s word.  Don’t let the familiarity of the verses cause haphazard scanning instead of fully focusing on God’s word.  Pay attention.  The more you look into and study God’s word, the more you learn.  Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) says: “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This was prophesized hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. It is still as relevant today as it was then. Go to our Facebook page and watch the sermon for today.  May the Lord bless you as you listen to His word. 
Songs The Names of Almighty God Yahweh of Israel – HE IS Jesus Christ – From Genesis to Revelation – YouTube   
Sunday, December 13, 2020 Pastor Tower’s message was “God my Savior.”  Mary calls Him that in Luke 1: 46 & 47.  Do you?  In this Christmas season, are you hearing the message of Christ?  Or are you hearing the world?  Christ leads to heaven. The world leads to Hell.  What is Hell?  Listen to the message on our Facebook page and Pastor Tower will explain it to you.  Go to the home page here and Follow us on Facebook.  When you open the Facebook page, on the left side is a list.  Hit videos and you’ll find the teachings.  May your hearts be filled with the love of Christ! 
Songs  “You are I am”  by MercyMe  MercyMe – You Are I Am (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube 
“What faith can do” by Kutless  Kutless – What Faith Can Do (Official Music Video) – YouTube 
“Make room” by Casting Crowns Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher – YouTube 
“The Hope of Christmas” by Matthew West Matthew West – The Hope of Christmas (Official Music Video) – YouTube
Sunday, December 6, 2020 Pastor’s message was entitled “Distributing the Cure.”  We’re hearing a lot lately about a vaccine for COVID to stop the spread.  What about a cure for the great plague – Hell?  You can’t earn your salvation; you’ve heard that.  You can’t break the bonds of sin with Satan without the intervention of God through Christ on the cross.  Accept this.  Now go tell others. Satan is actively blinding the minds and hearts of people.  We were blinded too until God. Share your story. You have a message of hope and deliverance that others need to hear.  Share it with words. Share it with actions.  Others will hear and see.  You may not see the final effect yourself, but that’s okay. That shouldn’t stop you.  There’s nothing more powerful and precious than the Word of God.  Have you accepted this?  Have you made a decision for Christ?  Why not?  What’s holding you back?  You don’t have to right all your wrongs first.  You don’t have to be “good” to come to the cross.  You don’t have to believe Satan’s lies that you’re too broken for God to love.  Listen to this song. May the Lord bless you today. 
Songs “Make Room” by Casting Crowns Make Room by Casting Crowns featuring Matt Maher (Lyric Video) | Christian Christmas Music – YouTube   
Sunday, November 29, 2020 Remember that all the sermons are on our Facebook page for you to watch and listen to as you study and grow in Christ.  Go to the homepage here, click on Follow us on Facebook, and on the left side of that first page is a list.  Click videos and you are there.  Enjoy.   Today, thank God for the Spirit of Christ.  Christ is a forgiving Lord.  The Spirit of Christ is not vengeance and wrath.  That is not what we are to do.  Forgive just as Christ forgave you.  God will take care of the rest. 
Songs  “Noel”  Chris Tomlin – Noel (Live) ft. Lauren Daigle – YouTube   
“Voice of truth” by Casting Crowns  Casting Crowns – Voice of Truth (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube 
“Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns  Casting Crowns – Only Jesus (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube 
Sunday, November 22, 2020 We are God’s own dear children.  What joy and peace this should bring to our lives! Say this: “I am a child of God.”  Amen.  God has given us His word to read, learn from, memorize, etc.  As we read our daily devotionals, do we say “Yea, I remember this part” and skim past it?  God wrote this for us!  How can we dismiss His words?  The hand of God wrote the ten commandments for Moses.  It’s easy to lose sight of that.  In Daniel chapter 5 we see King Belshazzar freaking out because a hand appeared and wrote on the walls.  He and his guests saw this!  The Bible is written by God as He moved men.  2 Peter 1: 20 + 21 (NIV) says: “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  God is the author.  How can we ignore it? Read your bible with this reminder in mind.  Listen to God’s words. 
Song  “Everything” by Lauren Daigle  Lauren Daigle – Everything (Starstruck Sessions) – YouTube   
Sunday, November 15, 2020 How can I know I am right with God?  There are so many statements in the Bible.  Which do I follow?  All of them. They all go together. They don’t teach a different plan of salvation, rather salvation involves all of them.  Salvation is not a magic formula. Salvation is a person.  It is the Lord.  Belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is salvation.  It’s not a formula or a remedy or a few words.  It’s belief in Christ.  It’s a personal relationship with Christ.  It’s repentance of your sins (everybody sins).  Repentance means a change in mind and actions. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Knowing about Him is not salvation.  Knowing what the Bible says about Him is not salvation.  Many will not get saved because pride won’t let them admit they are sinners in need of salvation.  Don’t let pride steal your life. Believe in the person  – Christ the Lord.  Humble yourselves before Him.  Seek His forgiveness and accept His free give.  Salvation is in the person – focus should be on Christ and a personal relationship with Him.  Amen. 
Songs:  “Whom shall I fear (The God of Angel Armies)” by Chris Tomlin  Whom Shall I Fear [The God of Angel Armies] By Chris Tomlin with Lyrics – YouTube  
“We believe” by Newsboys  We Believe | Newsboys | Lyrics – YouTube
Sunday, November 8, 2020 Pastor continued the message of trials in our lives.  Please remember that you can view all the messages on our Facebook page.  On the left side is a list where you will see “videos” and when you click on that you will be taken to the messages.  Today, you are encouraged to listen to this message. 
1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV) says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”   
In the Bible, hope means “confident expectation.”  Our hope is in the Lord.  Our trials are a testing of our faith, a refining of our lives, a purpose from God, a demonstration of our faith.  Don’t let trials discourage you from serving God.  They are opportunities.  You become a living witness of our Lord.  Amen!  Trust in the Lord.  He will see you through. 
Songs “Diamonds” by Hawk Nelson
“Praise You in this storm” by Casting Crowns
Sunday, November 1, 2020 The title of the sermon was “If God really loves me, why all the trials?”.  Many problems we face are a result of our own making, or it is chastisement from God for a sin.  God loves us and is working in us for our own good.  Look at Deuteronomy 8: 1-3.  The Israelites were led through the desert for a long time to the promised land.  God could have created another Eden for them.  He chose to bring them through the desert, and for a longer time than originally planned due to their sins, but it was for their own good. He fed them.  He gave them water.  Yet many complained. God doesn’t promise a perfect life, a life of ease, just because you believe in Him.   Look at the Disciples’ lives and how they were treated and killed.  He does promised to be with us, to never leave us, and to give us eternal life in heaven with Him.  Surrender to God and live life anew. 
Song “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns    
Sunday, November 1, 2020  Sometimes you just need a song.  Enjoy.
“Broken Things” by Matthew West
“He still does miracles” by Hawk Nelson
“Diamonds” by Hawk Nelson
“Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle
“How can it be?” by Lauren Daigle
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Sermon was entitled: Don’t buy the lie.  The Scripture used was Exodus 3:1-18 when God called Moses to go back to Egypt and free His people, the Hebrews.  How we look at ourselves, at our sins and weaknesses, influences our belief in our ability to be used by God.  We see ourselves and believe God can’t use us, wouldn’t use us.  Moses was in the presence of God at the burning bush and God called him to go to Egypt.  Moses says, “Who am I that I should go?”  Why?  Some reasons might be that the Hebrews had already rejected him 40 years earlier.  It might be that 40 years earlier Pharaoh was going to kill him.  It might be because he was now 80.  Yet, God used him in a mighty way. He can use you too!  You too can serve God. Are you willing? 
Songs   “Who am I” by Casting Crowns   
“You say” by Lauren Daigle 
“Fear is a liar” by Zach Williams 
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Sermon was entitled: Don’t buy the lie.  The Scripture used was Exodus 3:1-18 when God called Moses to go back to Egypt and free His people, the Hebrews.  How we look at ourselves, at our sins and weaknesses, influences our belief in our ability to be used by God.  We see ourselves and believe God can’t use us, wouldn’t use us.  Moses was in the presence of God at the burning bush and God called him to go to Egypt.  Moses says, “Who am I that I should go?”  Why?  Some reasons might be that the Hebrews had already rejected him 40 years earlier.  It might be that 40 years earlier Pharaoh was going to kill him.  It might be because he was now 80.  Yet, God used him in a mighty way. He can use you too!  You too can serve God. Are you willing? 
Songs   “Who am I” by Casting Crowns   
“You say” by Lauren Daigle 
“Fear is a liar” by Zach Williams 
Sunday, October 18, 2020 Pastor’s scripture was James 4:10-14.  Pride.  No one really wants to admit that they are prideful.  We are all born with a sinful nature, and we all sin. We don’t want to admit we are sinners (pride again) or that we need a Savior (pride again) or accept His death on the cross for us and our sins (pride again).  We want to believe that we can earn our way into heaven by being good and doing some good things in our lives (pride again). What we need is humility.  That is the key to being right with God.  Humility is the opposite of pride.  Humility shows our hearts are tender toward God and His ways. Humility is a choice.  Christ humbled Himself before God and became man, became the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He humbled himself even unto death for us.  That is our example.  Did pride do that? No, humility did.  Christ did.  Pride leads to destruction.  Humility leads to love. 
Songs “Unstoppable God” by Sanctus Real 
“Mended” by Matthew West 
“Jesus loves you” by Sanctus Real
Sunday, October 11, 2020 Pastor Tower’s scripture was Psalm 22: 1-8.  King David, a man after God’s own heart, was in anguish and cried out to God.  He said “MY God” not someone else’s God.  This whole Psalm is a Messianic Psalm, a foreshadowing of Christ on the cross dying for our sins.  In the midst of trials and tribulations, He is still God.  That we might have the faith of David!  We’re soldiers in God’s army.  Christ said He would build His church.  We are His workers, His ambassadors.  The question is: Do you know ABOUT God or do you know Him personally as your Savior?  There is a difference. 
Songs “Confidence” by Sanctus Real   
“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” by Lauren Daigle   
Sunday, October 4, 2020 Pastor taught from Romans 1: 16-32.  Read them.  What happens when the hearts of people turn away from God and go their own way? God has made Himself known to us.  It’s in us to believe. The reality of God is not something that needs to be taught.  Not believing in God does have to be taught.  Creation speaks of Him. It takes effort to push aside and turn away from God.  “I don’t believe in God.”  “Yet God believes in you!”  You know He is there.  Accept His gift.  Learn more — read the Bible.  The reality is that every single one of us will face God, the God who created us and this world, who knows all our thoughts and motives.  How will you face Him?  Savior or Judge? 
Songs “Different” by Micah Tyler   
“Never been a moment” by Micah Tyler
Sunday, September 27, 2020 Pastor Tower entitled the teaching, “Which Jesus will you see?”  God’s great love for us provided a way to Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  Those who accept this free gift have eternal life.  Those who don’t have eternal damnation.  Heaven is real.  Hell is real.  Is Jesus coming back to take you to heaven or are you going to face the Judgment seat of God?  God is just and thus sin must be paid for.  John 14: 6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Think about it.   
Songs “Jesus is coming”  Avalon   
“Love broke through”  Toby Mac
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Pastor Tower’s sermon was titled “The Two Jesuses.”  Which Jesus will you face when you die?  Will it be the loving Savior who died on the cross for your sins who you accepted as Lord and Savior?  Or will it be Jesus the Judge, who will judge you according to you sins?  Jesus is alive.  God is not dead.  Christ rose on the the third day, according to the Scriptures and is at the right hand of God waiting for you.  Will you accept His free gift of salvation today?  Go to our Facebook page to listen to this sermon and all the others that Pastor Tower has posted there for you.  Listen, learn, accept.  Welcome to the family of God! AMEN! 
Songs  “God’s not dead” by Newsboys     
“Flawless” by MercyMe
Sunday, September 13, 2020 Pastor Tower taught on victory over bitterness. Read Ephesian 4: 29-32.  Offenses will come in all our lives.  Often the result is bitterness in our hearts.  It creeps into our lives very easily.  We must keep watch over our hearts. It’s often just below the surface of our consciousness and until something happens to make it spring up, we don’t realize it is there.  Bitterness is derived from a Greek root that means poison, and it carries the idea of hatred with it. It destroys us.  Cure?  Grace.  Recognize the grace of God.  We fail Christ, yet He has shown and continues to show us grace every day. How can we not do the same? We didn’t deserve Christ’s grace – His death for our sins — but He gave it freely.  Do the same for others. Ephesians 5:1 + 2 says “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”   If God wants us to do this, He will enable us to do this.  Rely on Him.    See the full message on our Facebook page. 
Song “In Christ alone” sung by Lauren Daigle  
Sunday, September 6, 2020 Pastor Tower entitled the message “God is.”  Genesis 1:  tells us of the creation of the world.  God said it and it happened.  God did this.  God has it recorded in His word for us.  It doesn’t require us to believe it to be true. It is truth. Read His word, meditate upon it.  Allow God to speak to your heart.  Find this message on our Facebook page and listen to what Pastor Tower has to teach. 
Songs: “We bow down” by Twila Paris   
“We believe” by Newsboys
Sunday, August 31, 2020 Pastor Tower continued with Ephesians chapter one.  We are God’s workmanship.  As Christians, we are all on a holy journey that God has ordained for us.  We are on this journey until Jesus returns for us. Heaven is our home! What would God have us do while we are here? We belong to God. We are not an act of nature. His love for us is so strong that He sent his Son to be our sacrifice for our sins; He was the only perfect person who could do that for us. We are special to Him and need only accept that special gift He has provided for us. He didn’t treat us as our sins deserved.  Thank you, Lord!  This sermon is on our Facebook page.  It has so much more in it than can be expressed here today. Please listen to it.  Join us on Sundays through our recorded messages or in person. 
Songs  “Almost Home” by MercyMe   
“Even if”  by MercyMe
Sunday, August 23, 2020 Pastor Tower continued his teaching from last week.  Everything done in our lives BEFORE we are saved counts for nothing.  Matthew 16:26a Jesus says, “What good will it be for man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”  Salvation equals new birth, new life with eternal purposes.  Simply put, we either serve/belong to God or we serve/belong to Satan.  Christ died and rose again to make us righteous, not because we were righteous.  We are sinful man.  But God loves us inspite of ourselves. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.  We don’t need to, nor can we in any way, earn His love.  He loves us.  Period.   We area new creation when we accept the free gift of salvation.  Don’t try to earn His love.  Don’t try to be “perfect” or “fix” all your mistakes before coming to Christ.  You can’t do that, and it’s not the way it works. You’ll make mistakes and sin even after coming to Christ.  We all do.  That’s why His forgiveness is so important.  Accept it.  It’s worth it.  Come worship with us on Sundays and learn more.  Go to our Facebook page and listen to Pastor’s sermons.  Open your hearts to God’s calling. 
Songs  “What if I stumble?” by dc Talk 
“The God who stays” by Matthew West 
“Even when you’re running” by Casting Crowns
Sunday, August 16, 2020 The title of today’s message was “We are His workmanship.”  It is a two part message that will be finished next week.  God meets us and speaks to us through His word. Before we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we are dead in our trespasses and sins.  We inherited the sinful nature of Adam, who sinned in the Garden of Eden. Think of children. You don’t have to teach them to disobey, lie, be sneaky.  They have that nature, just like us.  No one is immune from the sinful nature, but God provided a way for us and instructions for us to overcome our sinful nature and seek to please God instead of self.  We become new creatures in Christ.  Amen! Ephesians 2: 8-10 (NIV) says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves , it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   We will still be tempted to sin, but we have a way to stand up under that temptation and seek to do God’s will instead.  God’s Spirit is working in us.  Listen.   
Song “All the evidence I need” by 4HIM
Sunday, August 9, 2020 Pastor Tower sent this email concerning the sermon.  You can see the sermon on our Facebook page where he posts it each Sunday.   
The Title of the message for Sunday August 8 is So Great Salvation. The key text is
Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
The truths brought out in this passage are among the greatest for the Christian and a full understanding of them should bring great peace, comfort and love for our Lord.
Other text that we will be in are Exodus and Leviticus.
Song “Still Rolling Stones” by Lauren Daigle
Sunday, August 2, 2020 Pastor Tower’s teaching was about Job.  Sometimes God uses hardships and trials to chastise us.  It is because He loves us.  Sometimes it is to teach us something.  Look at Job. He was faithful.  He served God well.  God had great things to say about him.  Job encouraged others and helped them.  He did everything in a way to please God.   Satan was granted permission to afflict Job. He took away his great wealth and his many children.  He afflicted Job with painful boils.  Yet, Job did not sin against God.  He did want to know why, but he didn’t sin.  What did he need to learn?  Go to our Facebook page and listen to the sermon to learn the answer to this question. 
Songs  “Mercy came running”  Phillips, Craig, & Dean   
Sunday, July 26, 2020 Pastor titled the teaching “Did God create evil?”  That’s an important question.  Many who don’t understand, who aren’t believers, ask, “How can a good and loving God allow my family to die, my circumstances to be so awful?”   They blame everything on God.  God is good and righteous.  He created the world and it was good.   We have free will.  We choose to follow God or we choose to follow the world.  One leads to eternity in heaven with Christ, and the other leads to death in hell with Satan.  We are all responsible for our own choices–or own actions.  We choose.  Today’s sermon really explains this much better than this post can ever do.  Please go to our Facebook page and the videos. Listen to Pastor Tower. 
Songs  “Oh my soul” (you are not alone” by Casting Crowns     
“Start right here”  by Casting Crowns     
Sunday, July 19, 2020  Pastor Tower has been uploading all the messages to our Facebook page.  If you go there ( and then hit follow us on Facebook) you’ll see on the left side a list.  One is videos.  You’ll find many sermons there for you.  We’d love to have you join us on Sunday mornings at the Danbury Community center.  If you aren’t ready to go to the church directly, please consider the sermons on the Facebook page.  If God is calling you, don’t ignore Him.  If you are searching, listen to Him.  Read the book of John in the New Testament.  May the Lord bless you.   
Songs   “Look up” by NewSong   
“The Message” by 4Him   
“Red Letter Day” by NewSong   
“Wide Open”  by NewSong
Sunday, July 12, 2020 Pastor Tower’s message title was “Focus on the forest, not on the trees.”  This means that sometimes we are too involved in the details of the problem to look at the situation as a whole.  We all have things in our lives that demand attention all the time — family, work for example. We need to remember that all this is temporary.  Our home here is temporary.  We belong to Christ is we’ve accepted Him as our personal Lord and Savior, so our home is in heaven with Him.   Christ is fully present in our lives every second of every day.   Sometimes things happen in our lives because we bring it upon ourselves by giving in to the world and our own selfish desires, and we face the consequences for those choices. Sometimes God allows things to happen in our lives for a purpose He has for us.  God has a purpose for everything and everyone we come in contact with every day.  Focus on that, and not on ourselves, and we’ll see the forest, not the trees.  Trust God’s character and His love for us in all situations.   Go to our Facebook page and videos to hear this message.  Join us on Sunday’s at the Danbury Community Center.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs  “While I wait” by Lincoln Brewster   
“Still in control”  by Mack Brock   
“Almost home” by MercyMe
Sunday, July 5, 2020 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100 (NIV) 
Songs  “Shake” by MercyMe    (You’ve got to see this one.  :))
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Our faith will never be stronger than our willingness to obey God. We are here to glorify God, not get what we want from Him.  God is not what He does for us; God is who He is, period. Getting more stuff is not the path to happiness.  No matter what is happening in your life, God is there with you.  God is at work, even when we don’t see it.  He doesn’t need to check things out with you first.  It doesn’t matter what this world throws at us; He is bigger.  He is our amazing God.   
Songs “Who You are to me”  by Chris Tomlin   
“He is”  by Aaron Jeoffrey     
Sunday, June 21, 2020 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13  (NIV)    He is real.  He is loving.  He provided a perfect sacrifice for you through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Accept this gift.  Received eternal life.   There is a heaven and there is a hell.  Where do you want to spend eternity?  This is a real question.  Someday you will have to answer it.  Joins us on Sundays and learn more. 
Song “In the hands of the Potter”  by Casting Crowns
Sunday, June 14, 2020 Praise God we are meeting again at the Danbury Community Center.  We have enough room to be social distancing and would love for you to join us.   Pastor Tower spoke today about God’s expectations for behavior.  God’s instructions are good, simple instructions for how we can honor and please Him.  Our behavior brings others to Christ.  Don’t poison the minds of others against someone else.  Edify.  Lift others up.  Do good.  Ephesians 4:29-32 says (NIV), “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Straightforward instructions.   Let this be your desire and objective.  
Songs  “Even when you’re running” by Casting Crowns    
“Bring the rain” by MercyMe 
Services are still being recorded and placed on our Facebook page.  Please feel free to visit and listen.
Sunday, May 31, 2020 God blesses you.  Did you know that?  He has blessing for you too.  He is waiting for you to come to Him.  He has provided the way through Christ. Coming to God doesn’t mean you will have zero challenges in your life.  You will.  We all will.  But those challenges are easier when you have Christ with you.  Blessed hope in Christ.  Blessed joy. 
Today’s sermon is on our Facebook page under videos, along with many others.  May it bless you as you listen to it. 
Song “Walking Miracles” by Matthew West  
“The Motions” by Matthew West
Sunday, May 24, 2020   Have you ever found yourself saying, “God doesn’t want me.  I’ve been selfish and haven’t done anything good enough for God to want me.  He wants those good people, not people like me.”?  Many have said that.  Many more will say that.  Satan will do anything he can to keep you from a relationship with Christ.  Satan doesn’t want you to see God.  He’ll tell you all kinds of lies to keep you from searching. But God…  what a wonderful expression….But God loves you.  God created you.  God desires a relationship with you.  God loved you so much He sent His Son to die for you.  God loves you so much He has given you free will to receive Him or deny Him.  It is really in your hands.  The reality of it is where you will spend eternity. Will it be in Heaven with God or will it be in Hell with Satan.  It is your choice. Choose.   
Today’s sermon by Pastor Tower is on our Facebook page.  Open your hearts and hear the truth of the scriptures.  May you be blessed.  
Song: “Keep me in the moment” by Jeremy Camp  
Sunday, May 17, 2020  Where do you get your counsel?  From whom do you seek advice?  If it is from the world, then it will be worldly advice full of sin and selfishness.  The best advice is from the Lord.  He will advise you.  He will lead you.  He will guide you.  You need only seek and listen and follow.  “I have set the LORD always before me. Becaue He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, ”  Psalm 16: 8-9a (NIV) 
Go to our home page here. Click on our Facebook link and go to videos.  There you will find Pastor Tower’s lesson for this Sunday,”The Wisest Counsel,”  as well as all the others he has posted for you.  May you be blessed.  
Songs  “Wait” by MercyMe 
“Happy Dance”  by MercyMe     
“Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe 
“Alright” by MercyMe
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Happy Mother’s Day everyone.  We hope you were able to connect somehow with your loved ones today.
Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site. Once you click on Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos.  Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen.
Songs “The Basics of Life” by 4 HIM
Sunday, May 3, 2020  Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site. Once you click on Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos.  Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen.  
Today’s message centers around 2 Corinthians 2.  It deals with restoration of a sinner.  We are all sinners; we know this.  When we repent, we are forgiven.  Christ teaches us this.  Once forgiven, we are fully restored.  As a member of the body of Christ, we should embrace the repented sinner.  Forgive as Christ forgave you. God’s desire and goal is always for reconciliation. 
Song  “Forgiven” by David Crowder     
“Come as your are”  by David Crowder
Sunday, April 26, 2020  Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site.  Once you click Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos. Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen. 
Today’s message was from 2 Chronicles 21: 11+.  God is keenly aware of all that we are doing, saying, thinking. Nothing gets passed the eyes of God.   In this message, King Jehoram of Judah was Judah’s first wicked king.  He did not follow the ways of the Lord, but caused Judah to do unacceptable things.  The prophet Elijah, from Israel, sent a message to Jehoram.  Jehoram was told that he was going to suffer from a sickness of the bowels until his bowels came out.  He did not repent.  He did not seek God.  He just kept on doing evil.  He never humbled himself before God.  For 2 years he suffered.  Then he died. The bible says in 2 Chronicles 21: 20 “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.  He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”   While in his sin, God reached out.  He warned him, He sought for repentance, but Jehoram refused.   How about you?  Are you refusing God?  If He is calling you, answer Him.  You will never ever regret it.
Song “Shout to the Lord”      
“Praise You in this Storm”  by Casting Crowns 
Sunday, April 19, 2020 “How is your heart toward God? Is He really 1st place? Is He on the throne of my heart where He should be, where He belongs?”  “We’re here to glorify God, not Him to give us all we want.”  “Value God because He values you.  Keep Him at the center of all you do.”  “God is not what He does for us.  God is who He is– period.”  “If you see God as a vending machine, then you will be disillusioned when your candy bar doesn’t drop.” 
Today’s message was put on our Facebook page.  Go to this home page and on the left side panel you will see “videos.”  Click on that and it will open you up to several messages. 
Songs:  “You are God alone” by Philips, Craig, & Dean
Sunday, April 12, 2020 EASTER We serve a risen Savior!  Amen.  Luke 24: 1-8 (NIV) “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they ddi not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddently two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down wiht their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here’ He is risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still wiht you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered His words.”  
Pastor’s message can be found on our Facebook page. You will find a link to it on our home page here.
Songs:  “Empty Grave” by Zach Williams  
“The God who stays”  by Zach Williams 
“RISEN” by Shawna Edwards, with 55 children 
“It’s about the Cross”  by the Ball Brothers 
“God’s Not Dead” by Newsboys
Sunday, April 5, 2020 May the Lord bless you and keep you.  Be kind.  Love one another.  Stay safe.  Keep your distance physically, but not emotionally.  Contact each other via the phone or video chat.  Check on each other.  Be ye kind, one to another.  Ephesians 4: 32.  Easter is upon us.  Remember, Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and on the third day arose, according to the Scriptures.  
Today’s sermon can be viewed on our Facebook page.  You can find a link on our home page here.
Songs “Up from the grave He arose”  
“Empty Grave” by Zach Williams
Sunday, March 29 As we all continue to stay a social distance apart, we still worship; we still praise God.  For He is in control, whether we “see” it or not.  He still loves us and always will.  1 John 4:9 & 10 (NIV) says: “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Meditate on that today. 
Songs:  “God’s not dead” by Newsboys  
“The Well” by Newsboys  
Sunday, March 22 Pastor Tower recorded his message from home today as we practice social distancing.  We still honor and worship our Lord Jesus Christ.  We hope this message encourages you today.  It is also on our Facebook page, so if you can’t open it here for some reason, go to our Facebook page and view it there. Bless you.
Message in two parts:
Sunday, March 15 Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we won’t have trials.  It’s our response to those trials that say so much about our Lord and our faith.  In the book of Daniel (chapter 3), three Hebrew slaves were tested.  The King said everyone was to bow down to all the gods, but these three wouldn’t.  When they were questioned about this  and told they would be thrown into a blazing furnance if they didn’t bow down, they responded with these statements. “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O King.  But even if He does not, we want you to know , O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. (Verses 16-18 NIV)  They were thrown into the furnace but God rescued them.  They were not harmed in any way.  How’s your faith today?  Are there furnaces facing you?  Put your hope in God.  You will still have challenges, but your faith will sustain you. Jesus is always with us; God is always working in our lives.  Let Him. 

This service was video taped and put on our Facebook page.  It is there for you to see and hear.  🙂

Songs:  “Even if” by MercyMe  
“Nobody” by Casting Crowns with Matthew West
Sunday, March 8 Pastor Tower focused on Matthew 26:36 -46.  Jesus was faithful to His task.  In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed three times to God, His father, to remove the cup– the task He was about to do for all mankind.  He did this due to the extreme sorrow, overwhelming sorrow of taking on the sins of all humanity.  Jesus knew exactly what He was sent to earth to do.  He knew what was going to happen, how all the sins of the world would be on Him while He died on the cross, and that God would not be able to look upon Him because of that great sin.  He knew what scripture said about what would happen to Him, about the beatings, the mocking, the spitting, but He willing came anyway to serve God and be the perfect sacrifice.  He didn’t want His Father to have to turn away from Him.   That was heartbreaking.  Yet, Christ still did what He came to earth to do:  He died for you on the Cross.  He accepted your sins.  He accepted your death.  He rose again on the third day and is in heaven waiting for when God will send Him back. How great is that love God had for all of us, that He would send His Son to die for you.  Sin must be paid for — period.  When we die, it’s either heaven or hell for us.  Those who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice have heaven to look forward to.  What about you?  Realize what Christ did for you, accept it, repent, and enter into His grace and mercy.  You are loved. 
Songs:  “How deep the Father’s love for us”
Sunday, March 1 Pastor Ron Surels, a pastor and missionary, was with us today.  LOVE.  That was the topic today.  In the Greek, there are seven words for “love.”  The three most used ones are eros (selfish, self-centered love), phileo (brotherly, friendship love), and agapa (self-sacrificing, sacrificial love where you put others first).  Christ is God in the flesh loving us so much that He came down from heaven and died for us, carrying the world’s sins with Him.  He rose again three days later, according to the Scriptures, and is in heaven now.  He will come again.  All this was done because of “love.”  The bible tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church.  That is total, sacrificial love.  When husbands love their wives like this, wives naturally respond by wanting to do anything for them. Forgiveness is love.  Jesus asked God to forgive those who were putting Him on the cross because they didn’t know what they were doing.  Stephen, when being stoned to death, asked God not to put the stoning on them for punishment. This is forgiveness full of love.  When we accept Christ’s gift of salvation, we accept this love from Him.  We deserve Hell, but when we put our hope in God, accepting His gift of salvation, we get Heaven.  Come visit us on Sunday and learn more.  We’d love to have you.
Songs:  “Nobody love me like You” by Chris Tomlin
“The change in me” by Casting Crowns 
Sunday, February 23 It’s amazing how each time we read passages from the bible, God gives us new insights.  The bible is the living Word of God.  God reveals himself through His creation.  Romans 1: 18 to the end of the chapter makes that very clear.  Man is without excuse. God places the knowledge of His existence in every human being. We do have free will, though, and can push that knowledge aside because we have a sinful nature.  That doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist.  God believes in you whether or not you believe in Him.  What happens when you’re in big trouble, distressed, in danger?  You pray.  That’s evidence all by itself.  We can continue to harden our hearts, reject God, but God still loves us.  God gives each of us the opportunity to accept His free gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, on the cross.  We need only accept that gift.  What’s stopping you?  Come to church on Sunday and ask questions if you need to do that. 
Songs: “Forgiven”
“I choose to follow”  
“It is well with my soul” 
Sunday, February 9 Today was spent in 1 Samuel 15 and Psalm 51.  Both passages of scripture deal with the responses of two men of God to their sins.  In 1 Samuel, King Saul was told to totally wipe out the Amelikites, young and old, male and female, all the animals.  The prophet Samuel went to him and asked what that sound was.  Saul said he’d done everything God told him to do, and he kept King Agag alive.  He said his soldiers kept the best of all the animals to sacrifice to God.  Again Samuel indicated he didn’t follow through on what God told him to do, and again Saul blamed his soldiers.  He never took repsonsibility for his actions, his choices. He only asked that Samuel come with him to the people so that he still looked good in their eyes, his position and standing with the people, his devotion to himself and how he looks.  In Psalm 51 we read the prayer of King David after the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin of adultery with Bathseba.  David immediately confessed his sin, repented of it, asked for God’s forgiveness and mercy, sought to restore his relationship with God.  When David was confronted, his heart broke.  “Against You and You only have I sinned.”  He had no excuses, no blame shifting, and accepted responsibility for his sin.  How about you?  Are you a David or a Saul? There are two reactions to our sin. The course we choose is according to the condition of our hearts.   God is always ready to accept those with a heart of repentence.  We are all the same flesh, but we’re not the same heart.  Which heart do you have?  Which one do you want? 
Songs: “Listen to our hearts” by Casting Crowns     
“Loving my Jesus” by Casting Crowns   
Sunday, February 2 Today we spent time in Matthew chapter seven, part of the sermon on the mount.  If you have a red letter bible, that means all the words in red are spoken by Jesus.  Have you ever wondered if you were truly saved?  Have you prayed the sinners prayer and asked Jesus into your heart? Have you received the free gift of salvation?  Did you do so truly wanting a Savior or just wanting a ticket out of Hell?  What’s the evidence?  It is true repentance, true desire for the Lord to be my heart, true worship, true desire to follow Him and serve Him in all you do.  Your evidence is a changed attitude, following what God says in His word.  It is our actions backing up our words — His words.  We aren’t talking to others about the private sins of other people.  We encourage and help others regardless of how they treat us.  The power to overcome our fleshly desire to respond in kind is  to ask ourselves what God would do — what God would want us to do.  Then do it.  If forgiveness is required, then forgive.  How many times has God forgiven you and your sins?  EVERYTIME.  Do so to others. In the Spirit, we can do this.  By our actions, others see Christ.  Jesus can and will change our hearts. Seek Him. 
Song “What if I gave everything?” by Casting Crowns
Sunday, January 26 Today we began a series on “What is the Bible?”  It is the infallable reocrd of what God has spoken — of God’s words.  In the Old Testament He spoke through the prophets.  In the New Testament He spoke through His Son, the heir of all things.  God is so much greater than us.  Even our minds cannot fully understand God, and yet, He has spoken to us! He’s interested in each one of us.  He loves us. God’s word is more than just a revealing of the past and the future.  It’s His history.  We know God exists through 1) His word, 2) His creation around us, and 3) through God’s effects around us.  God has spoken and is still speaking to us via the bible.  It’s easy to get busy in our lives and forget this.  God calls us to read His word and meditate on it daily.  He’s revealing Himself to us daily.  We need to listen.  Read. Pray.  Don’t ignore the word of God.  
Songs “Living Word”  by Jeremy Camp    
Sunday, January 19, 2020 Forgive my absence please.  I have a new computer now. 🙂  Pastor Tower has joined our bible teaching fellowship as our interim Pastor, as the Lord has lead him.  Today we spent time in 1 Corinthians 12.  The church body is the people.  It is not a building.  Christ dwells in us.  We are the body.  The body has many parts — ears, eyes, legs, arms, etc… — and all need each other.  It is so with the body of Christ.  We all are a part of the Church, the body, and God has a reason for each and every one of us within the body.  We work together for the Gospel. Everyone is equally important in God’s plan.  When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God’s Spirit dwells within us. We need to surrender completely to our Lord, listen to His calling, His direction, pray for each other, and learn by reading His Word.  There is no other relationship that can beat the relationship of brothers and sisters in Christ.  If the Lord is speaking to you, listen.  Answer His call.  Come visit us on Sunday mornings and learn more.  We would love to see you.  
Song:  “We are more than conquerors”  Steven Curtis Chapman  
“Voice of Truth” (scenes from Facing the Giants)
“The Well”  Casting Crowns
Christmas Day 2019  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2 11   That ‘s today.  The greatest gift ever given to anyone ever is from God.  His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  He was born to take our place in death for our sins — OUR sins — not His, for Christ is perfect; yet He willingly died on the cross, a perfect sacrifice, for all of us — catch that ALL of us.  He paid the price for all our sins, past, present, and future, and was buried three days according to the scriptures. He rose on the third day victorious and is alive in heaven at God’s right hand waiting for us.  What a wonderful gift.  Accept it. Merry Christmas. 
Sunday, December 8 Pastor Tower spoke about God’s use of trials in our lives.  Remember, He allows things to happen and there is a reason for each one.  Others watch us to see how we live out our faith, how we respond to difficulties. Our response should always be to glorify God regardless.  Pray always to God about what you are going through.  Yes, He knows already, but He still wants us — tells us — to pray specifically about each situation.  Focus on God, not the problem. 
Happy holidays to all of you. 
Songs: “O Holy Night”
Sunday, December 1 Pastor Tower taught from Hebrews 13.  We went over the job of a pastor.  1) Follow God; true to all that is in God’s word.  2) Speak the truth about what God’s word says.  3) Be a student of God’s word always.  4) Watch over the souls under his charge.  5) Lead and guide in God’s way.  6) Take care of God’s church, watching our and caring for the spiritual welfare and growth of the church. 7) Speak and teach the word of God; never lose sight of this.  8) Be the example to the flock of his personal faith.   These are important aspects and characteristics of a Pastor.   
Song: “Basics of Life”  by 4Him  
Sunday, November 24 Pastor Tower taught about Christ’s sacrifice.  What are we really thankful for these days?  A roof?  A meal?  A friend?  A job?  Memories?  As a Christian, we should always be thankful for God’s word and for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for everyone’s sins.  Yes, we sin.  Everyone sins and have been sinning since Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree God specifically told them not to eat from.  When God questioned Adam, he blamed God for the sin because it was the woman God gave to Adam that gave Adam the fruit.  When God questioned Eve, she blamed the serpent that tricked her.  We are no different.  We blame others, blame society, blame the weather, blame whatever we can so that it doesn’t look like we screwed up.  We sin.  Even in all of this, though, God provided a perfect sacrifice to take away our sins, and that was His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s word tells us all about the sacrifice He blamed throughout the entire bible.  It starts in Genesis (the first book of the bible) chapter 3.  If you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Savior yet, what are you waiting for?  Ask yourself that question and see what the answer is. 
Songs:  “Count your blessings” 
“People need the Lord”  by Steve Green
“Jesus paid it all”  by Newsboys
Sunday, November 17 Pastor Tower taught about forgiveness.  1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”  What joy there is in this verse!  What peace we get when we obey and confess!  What keeps us from doing it though?  Refusal to believe — fear of believing — pride.  Our closeness with the Lord is  affected when we don’t confess our sins to Him and to the others we have sinned against.  We wonder how God could possibly forgive us for the things we’ve done.  He doesn’t mean me, you tell yourself.  Oh, but He does.  Sin separates us from God and He wants us with Him.  Others won’t believe because they see those “Christians” doing wrong, being hypocrites, thus that “God stuff” isn’t worth it.  Oh how wrong this is.  Just because one is a Christian doesn’t mean that he/she won’t do wrong things and sin.  Christians aren’t perfect; they’re forgiven.  Christians still have to deal with the consequences of their actions, just like everyone else.  The difference is the peace they have when they confess  to God and seek His forgiveness.   You can have that too.  Believe in the Lord.  Believe that God sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for YOU; to pay the price for all your sins.  Believe that He rose again and is in heaven now, just as the scriptures says.  Confess that you need Him to save you and you will be saved.  Join us on Sunday and learn more about your decision for Christ.  We’d love to have you.
Songs: “Nothing but the blood of Jesus”
“In Christ alone” 
“10,000 reasons”
Sunday, November 10 Pastor Tower taught from 2 Corinthians 7.  We are the holy temple of the living God.  God indwells us.  He’s a personal God.  We have a personal relationship with Him. Amen. We are His people. He is our Father, a loving, caring, close relationship Father.  Since we belong to Him, we represent Him to those around us.  What message are we sending?  If you know it is wrong, don’t do it.  Repent of those things you should’t have done.  Seek forgiveness and live new.  Come join us on Sunday mornings and learn more.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs: “Lord, I need You” by Chris Tomlin
“Here I am to worship” by Chris Tomlin 
“The Savior is waiting”
Sunday, November songs for today.
“We gather together”
“Be thou my vision”
“Trust in You” (Lauren Daigle)
Sunday, October 27 we had both Pastor Tower and Christine Sears, a missionary who serves in Germany.  Christine showed us a wonderful slide show of churches that were planted and mission groups she is involved in.  She discussed how she reaches people for Christ and reminded us that we are missionaries in our own everyday lives.  Pastor Tower taught us about how God uses things in our lives to prepare us for what is to come.  We don’t know what’s up ahead, but God does, and we need to trust Him always.  He’s sees all, knows all, and will take care of things.  Some things are tough to deal with, but even in the toughness, God is in control.  Trust Him.  Remember that Satan is a powerful enemy who is opposing God and us.  How often we blame God when things don’t go the way we thought they should, as if “we” know what is best for us.  Study God’s word and you’ll see that God does not work randomly.  He always has a purpose. 
Song: “God is in control” 
Sunday, October 20 Pastor Tower was with us. We are all sinners.  Doing enough good things does not offset the bad things we’ve done.  That’s hard to swallow sometimes, but it is the truth.  Christ already paid the price for all your sins and failures.  He alone was the only perfect sacrifice that could do that.  He died for you and was raised again.  He wiped away your sins.  He gave you a new heart.  He gave you a new life in Christ.  He made you His own dear child.  It was a free gift.  All we have to do is accept the gift and life a Christ centered life.  That’s it.  We can’t deserve it.  We can’t earn it.  We can’t pay for it.  It’s free.  Do you have peace in your heart about God today?  Everything that could possibly stand up against us has been nailed to the cross.  AMEN! Your soul is eternal.  Where are you planning on spending eternity?  Heaven?  Hell?  Do you hear this?  Do you understand it in your heart?  Is God speaking to you?  Answer Him.  Tell Him you understand that you are a sinner.  Accept His free gift of salvation.  Turn your life over to Him.  Need guidance?  Need a place to worship?  Need a place to learn more about your new found faith?  Come worship with us.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs:  “Freely, Freely You have received”
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus”
“It is well with my soul”
“Victory in Jesus”
Sundays, October 6 and 13 we had Gary Ford lead us in a discussion of things we learned as a new Christian that still need to be paid attention to in our everyday lives.  We forget things due to the “noise” in our lives, and we need to return daily to God’s word and He will help us.  Christ paid for our sins on the cross; accept this gift and allow Him to help you.  We also had David Mexcur, missionary for The Crescent Project with us.  We spent our time learning about being a peacemaker.  In Matthew 5, we have the Beatitudes, blessings from God.  The peacemaker’s job is hard, but worth it.  There are many verses in the Bible concerning peace.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6 & 7 NIV 
Songs: “Only You can” by Jeremy Camp
“The God who stays” by Matthew West
Sunday, September 29 Pastor Temple joined us and continued with his teachings on people in the Bible who can teach us.  He began with Noah and “don’t short change things,” then Naomi and “look at God’s perspective,” Eliezer and “work the problem by praying the problem,” and today was Abigail and “what it takes to be God’s servant to all.”  Abigail was married to a “fool” who treated David’s men with rudeness and contempt. This behavior concerned a servant who went to Abigail for help so that they all wouldn’t be killed by David and his men.  Abigail went straight to work to deal with the situation.  She demonstrates how to be a good servant of God by having 1) a sympathetic ear, listening with her heart, 2) a sensitive heart, heard and responded, 3) a steady mind, not going to pieces, 4) a sacrificial spirit, willing to sacrifice for others, 5) sincere compassion, and 6) a strong faith.  Because of her actions, all her people were spared, David was spared from making a mistake, and God was honored.  When we have someone who needs our help, we should consider following Abigail’s example, put them before ourselves, and honor God in all we do. 
Song: “Make me a servant”
Sunday, September 22 Pastor McLeod joined us and spent his time in Judges 6.  Everyone tends to get frustrated from time to time.  It’s what we do when we are frustrated that makes the difference.  Israel was not following God again.  They were being disciplined and things were uncomfortable.  Their fields were being ruined by their enemies, leaving them nothing.  God then called Gideon to rescue the Israelites.  How about us?  Are there times when you have upset God and He’s had to speak harshly to you?  Gotten that wake up call?  It’s easier, so we think, to walk with the crowd, but it is not God’s way for us.  Ask yourself if you are allowing Him to be in control.  If the answer is no, then you know the problem and you can fix it.  Surrender to God, seek forgiveness of sins, put your trust in Him and follow His lead.  Don’t try to fix things yourself; that’s probably why you’re in this position to begin with.  Don’t get upset with God because things aren’t going your way, or because you’ve asked Him why something is being allowed in your life and He hasn’t answered.  There are many times when it is just not for us to know.  Trust God.  Trust His character.  Put your hope in Him. 
Songs: “In His time”
 “Trust and obey”
“This is the way”
Sunday, September 16 Pastor Temple continued with living a victorious, spiritual life using Eliezer, Abraham’s chief servant, as an example for prayer.  No matter how many differences we have, we all have problems.  Work the problem by praying the problem.  Eliezer prayed very specifically about finding a wife for Abraham’s son, asking God for specific things to happen so that he would know God’s choice.  Scripture says that before he finished praying, Rebekah showed up.  When we have a problem/challenge, we should pray about it, but not just a simple “Hey, Lord, you know what’s going on and what I need. Thanks.” kind of prayer.  Pray the problem 1) consciously, 2) categorically with specific details, 3) convincingly, 4) carefully with humility surrendering to God’s will for the answer whether that be Yes or No, and 5) confidently knowing that He’s got this.  Prayer is a gift.  God already knows, but He wants us to pray with details and seek His guidance. Pray from the heart, with feeling and earnest, showing how we feel.  Surrender to His will regarding the situation. 
Songs:  “You are God alone” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean 
“Your Grace still amazes me” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean
Sunday, September 8 Pastor Tower used 1 Chronicles 19 and King Hanun to teach us about perspectives and attitudes.  King Hanun’s father had died.  King David of Israel sent a delegation to Hanun to pay their respects.  Hanun’s advisers told him that they were spies, so he humiliated them and sent them back to David.  His perspective was influences by those around him and his attitude toward the visitors changes.  Our attitude affects our performance.  It plays an important role in our spiritual lives.  Satan works to stir and cause divisions between peoples, to turn their hearts.  Our personal likes and dislikes does not give us the right to attack others.  How we treat others speaks much about ourselves.  Even if we disagree, we should treat them humanly.  Jesus says to love your enemies.  That’s hard in today’s world, but not impossible.  When we’ve realized we’ve made a mistake, how we act afterwards it vitally important.  Don’t allow your pride to keep you from doing what is right.  Read God’s word and learn.  All accounts are there for us. Romans 15:4 says: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of Scriptures we might have hope.” (NIV)
Song: Scripture Memory “God’s Grace”
Sunday, September 1 we had Pastor Tower as our teacher/speaker.  We focused on Joshua 7.  When God gives us victory, we sometimes forget what He’s done for us and lose our sense of dependency on Him.  Joshua and the Israelites had just had a major victory taking the city of Jericho — big, fortified city.  After this, Joshua wanted to go to Ai, a small city, so he made choices to send a small number of fighters to take this small town.  Ai not only chased them off.  Joshua didn’t inquire of the Lord before setting out on his plan.  He forgot what God had just done for them and rested on his own abilities.  We do that too.  We say we can handle this; it’s a small issue.  Our confidence should be in the Lord, not ourselves.  Our faith is not by sight.  Our faith is in the Word of God.  Never lose sight of that.  Read His word, pray, seek His face.  Never lose your sense of relying on God.  Proverbs 3: 5 & 6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 
Song “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle
Song “Guilty” by Newsboys
Sunday, August 25 we had Pastor Temple again.  He continued with living the victorious, spiritual life using Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth.  Know God’s view of our situations is better than our view.  He is positive, even though we see negative.  Naomi and her family moved to Moab, a country who were idol worshipers, because of a famine in the land of Israel.  There she lost her husband, had her sons marry Moabite women, and then lost her sons.  She was destitute.  She sent her sons’ wives back to their families, but Ruth wouldn’t go.  She stayed with Naomi.  They went back to the land of Israel.  Naomi looked at life negatively and God positively.  Naomi saw tragedy; God saw preparation.  Naomi saw threat; God saw preservation.  Naomi saw termination; God saw process.  Naomi saw trouble; God saw peace.  Naomi saw tyranny; God saw purpose. Through the process, Naomi sent her daughter-in-law to glean from a field.  That field happened to be a kinsman redeemer’s field (family).  Boaz took care of Ruth and Naomi, married Ruth, and their son became the father of Jesse who became the father of David, the line Christ was to come through. 
Song:  “Even if” by Mercy Me
Sunday, August 18 Pastor Temple joined us.  We were centered around Genesis 6 and the story of Noah.  A key element in living a victorious, spiritual life is obeying the will of God.  Noah was told to build a very specific ark.  He was told exactly how to do this right down to pitching the inside and outside of the ark.  The bible records, twice, that Noah did everything God commanded.  He didn’t question; he obeyed.  When it comes to obeying God, don’t come up short.  1. Don’t short sell the assignment; don’t allow yourself to see it as anything less than the holy will of God. That assignment might be doing a daily devotional or forgiving someone to sharing your faith.  2. Don’t short stop the process (assignment).  Each step of the process is important, so don’t cut it short.  Don’t do what you think is okay and leave the rest out.  3. Don’t short out your energy.  Worry, fear, discontentment, resentment, envy, etc… all zap your energy so that you won’t finish the assignment or give it your all.  4. Don’t short change your capabilities.  If God gives you something to do, He gives you the capability to do it.  Trust that.  5. Don’t short shift your God.  Don’t leave Him out of the assignment/process.  He wants to be with us in all that we do.  Noah didn’t leave God out.  Follow his example, his council. 
Song “Arky Arky” children’s song
“I will follow” by Chris Tomlin 
Sunday, August 11 Pastor Tower continued with Psalm 15.  Abiding with God on a daily basis means having a close fellowship with the God of creation.  Never lose sight of that.  We are in His presence always, and He sees all we do, what’s in our hearts, and our deepest thoughts.  The results of a close fellowship with God is a life focused on doing, saying, thinking what is right before God.  Examine yourself.  Look at Psalm 15.  Can you say you are doing it correctly?  Be careful of your tongue.  The book of James compares it to a rudder on a ship, though small that rudder directs the whole ship. Your tongue can direct you down paths far from God.  Don’t be deceived and disguise your words as a “concern” about another person and then spill out all the gossip and backbiting words.  Ask yourself if you would like someone telling every bad thing you’ve ever done or said?  If not, then don’t do it to someone else.  Simply say they need prayer and pray for them.  Remember that sin is a real part of absolutely everybody’s lives and stay in God’s word, connected to Him daily, to continue to grow in Christ and become more like Him.  Read, repent, pray, ask for guidance, seek His face.  What joy there is in that! 
Songs:   “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns 
“You say” by Lauren Daigle 
“Chain Breaker” by Zack Williams
Sunday, August 4 we spent time in Psalm 15 with Pastor Tower.  Christians do not always do things right.  We sin, constantly for some of us, but the Holy Spirit convicts us and we repent.  Some people believe they can’t come to God until they are completely free of any wrong doing.  Impossible.  We are human and thus sinful by nature.  When confronted with our sins, we need to repent and not do it again — be remorseful for what we’ve done.  Work on having a closer relationship with God via reading His word and meditating on it.  How is your walk with the Lord?  What do you need to work on? How’s your character?  You don’t have to be happy with your circumstances, but you will have joy in the Lord when you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior.  You’ll make mistakes, sin, in your life.  We are not perfect.  It’s our responses to those failures that make us different. 
Songs “He Leadeth Me” 
“I will call upon the Lord”   
“Above all”  by Michael W. Smith  
Sunday, July 28 we had the pleasure of  Bill Paige.  His message was entitled “Lord, you want me to do what?”  Often in our lives tough times come along.  We don’t want them, but they do.  Even though this will happen, we need to trust God.  He’s got this under control.  Noah was told to build an ark.  Keep in mind that there hadn’t been any rain on the earth up to this point in time.  Dew watered the ground.  Noah lived in an arid climate and no where near the ocean.  Yet he was told to build an ark, 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.  That’s huge!  Noah did as he was told.  It took him about 100 years to build the ark, doing so with lots of harassment from the people living around him.  He obeyed and trusted God.  No questions asked. Abraham was told to leave his father, family, and country and go to the place God would lead him to.  He went, no questions asked.  He didn’t even know where he was going.  God promised him a son and he finally was born when Abraham was 100.  Later, God told him to take his son, his one and only son, to a mountain and sacrifice him there.  Abraham obeyed, trusting God would bring him back from the dead.  He never had to sacrifice his son, as God stopped him and provided a ram.  Abraham obeyed even when the situation was very difficult and painful.  This is what God did for us — He sacrificed His one and only Son for us.  He gave us the perfect sacrifice to save us from our sins and to have eternal life with Him in heaven.  No matter what the situation, there is nothing God cannot handle.  If He’s called you to do something, He will equip you to handle it.  Put your faith in God.  
Sunday, July 21 Pastor Tower taught us from 1 Samuel 17.  We looked at how God chose David as king over his brothers, especially the eldest brother.  We saw how angry the older brother became when David questioned why no one was fighting Goliath.  God knew the heart of the older brother and the heart of David.  David knew the battle was the Lord’s and that the Lord would fight for him.  He didn’t think highly of himself, but humbled himself before the Lord.  All things are in His hands.  We humans have a natural tendency to judge others by their faults.  Once they screw up — that’s it — don’t trust them again.  Thank you, Lord, for not viewing us that way!  We are strongest when we are humble before the Lord.  Sometimes God puts us in situations where there’s no hope  or no way out– from out human perspective that is. Sometimes it’s because we need to be reminded of Him and that He is in charge.  He is capable.  He loves us.  But, in our human nature, we start walking like we’ve got this all handled and under control and we work in our own strength instead of in God’s.   Sometimes it’s hard and it doesn’t go the way we’d like it to, but God is still in control.  We aren’t.  Each situation is an opportunity to grow in our faith for His glory.  Amen! 
Song -“We believe” by Newsboys 
Song “God’s not dead” by Newsboys
Sunday, July 14 we had a worship Bible study led by Reg Glines.  We were looking at the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis.   Do you ever feel like you have it “bad”?  Things just keep going wrong?  In the mists of trials and challenges, do you stay faithful to God?  Joseph did.  He was hated by his brothers.  He was sold into slavery by his brothers.  Yet Joseph still honored and worshiped God.  He was trustworthy and Potipher put him in charge of the entire household.  Then Potipher’s wife wanted Joseph to sleep with her.  He said NO and ran off.  She had torn his clock off him and used it to show her husband how bad the slave Joseph was.  Wrongly accused, he was thrown into prison, and he honored and praised God.  He was put in charge of all that happened in the prison.  One day two of Pharroh’s servants, baker and cup bearer, were thrown into prison.  They both had dreams they couldn’t interpret.  Joseph said God could tell them what the dreams meant.  One was to go back to Pharroh and one was to be killed.  Joseph asked that he be remembered because he hadn’t done anything wrong.  It took two more years before that happened.  Still, Joseph praised and honored God.  Pharroh had a dream and Joseph was called to interpret.  He said God would tell him what it meant.  Egypt was to have seven years of plenty and then seven years of drought.  Joseph told Pharroh how to prepare for these years.  Pharroh put him in charge of the country, second in command to Pharroh.  Still, Joseph honored God.  God was in control of all that happened to him and Joseph never lost sight of that.  Because of all God did through Joseph, during the famine he was able to help many people, including his own family.  What they intended for evil, God used for good.  What about your life?  Is God in control of all things? 
Song  “Awesome God” by Rich Mullins
Sunday, July 7 Pastor Tower was teaching us.  We began in Isaiah 6 and were reminded how the prophet Isaiah felt when he say the Cherubim and heard the voice crying out.  He fell to his knees and declared how unworthy he was and how he was a man who was unclean.  God used him greatly.  During our lives we will have challenges, troubles, and will have many questions.  Why is this happening to me?  Where is God in all of this?  If He is a God of love, why is this sorrow happening in my life?  We may never know the answers to why challenges and heartaches happen in our lives until we reach heaven, but we can rest assured that He is in complete control of all things and He cares very much for us and what is happening in our lives.  Just because it isn’t going the way we want it to, doesn’t mean we are out of His caring hands.  God is not limited in any way.  He is active and alive in our lives.  One day we’ll see Him on His throne — our God, our Father, our LORD, Yahweh, Jehovah.  Focus on the glory of the Lord, especially in times of trouble.  He loves you! 
Song: “He is Faithful” Jesus Culture
Sunday, June 30 Pastor McLeod joined us.  Our study was centered around Acts 17:1-9.   We are born again when we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior – we have salvation.  We, as followers of Christ, serve Him by getting involved in the things of God.  We are set aside for service, even if it is something as simple as letting you know what we did in church each Sunday.  As followers of Christ and members of His family, we have the assurance of heaven.  Our God is able to do all things, and we rest in His care.  Even when things get tough, we know that He is able and all things are in His control.  He is coming again, as He has said, and we will be with Him in glory. Amen.  What about you?  Have you made a decision for Christ?  Have you sought Him out?  Has He being calling you?  Are you listening?  Responding?  Do you need to talk to someone about it?  Come visit us on Sunday.  We would love to have you and answer your questions. 
Song: “People get ready”  Crystal Lewis
Sunday, June 23 we had a bible study with Gary Ford.  As a group, we read through a section and answered questions.  Sometimes the best thing to do is study together and learn from each other.  It was a wonderful time of worship, learning, and fellowship.
Sunday, June 15 – Happy Father’s Day.  We had Bill Paige with us today.  We spent most of our time in 1 Peter 2 and discussed how God became our Father when we accept His gift of salvation.  We become His adopted children, His heirs, and know that we will one day be with Him in heaven.  For those of you who still have not accepted this free gift, read this:  Psalm 34:8-10  “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who fear the LORD lack no good thing.”  Jesus is the rock of my salvation.  He is the cornerstone.  Upon Him, build.  Come visit us and learn more.  We look forward to worshiping and learning with you. 
Songs “Taste and See”  by Shane and Shane
“God’s Grace” Album Scripture Memory Songs
Sunday, June 9 Pastor Tower took us to Romans 8: 1-17.  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Sprite of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”  How wonderful!  Christ paid the price for our sins, becoming the perfect sacrifice in our place so that we could approach the throne of grace!  We are sinful beings; all our efforts outside of Christ are doomed.  Without Christ we can’t change our sinful hearts.  It takes an act of God to bring salvation.  God did this through His Son, Jesus.  Our debt is paid.  All we need to do it accept that we are sinners — all of us are sinners — and acknowledge that Christ is God’s Son who paid the price for our sins.  He died on the cross, according to the Scriptures, was buried for three days, according to the Scriptures, and was raised from the dead, according to the Scriptures, thus He is alive!  Accept that you need a savior, ask for forgiveness of your sins, and ask God to enter your heart.  You will be saved.  God is calling you, drawing you to Him.  Answer His call and be set free.  You’ll still have trouble in your life but you’ll have peace.  Take heart!  God has overcome the world! Amen.  Come spend Sunday mornings with us and learn more.  We’d love to have you! 
Song:  “Dead Man Walking” by Jeremy Camp
Sunday, June 2 Pastor Tower was with us again.  God speaks to individuals — to us.  It’s amazing to think of the fact that the Creator of our universe speaks to us.  God uses the Bible to speak to us, to instruct us, to be part of our lives.  He intends for us to read it and meditate on His Word.  It’s easy to take that for granted, to just casually read, but God desires an active relationship. God speaks to us via His written Word, preaching, and those He’s sent into our lives. He desires an active relationship with us.  Think about the treasure we have in His Word!  Think about that.  Meditate on it.  God, the Creator of the Universe, desires an active relationship with us.  How about you?  Have you answered God’s call?  Come visit us on Sunday and learn more.  
Sunday, May 26 — Pastor McLeod was with us again today.  We were in 1 Kings 5 and discussed the free gift from God.  Naaman had leprosy and an Israelite servant girl in his household told him that the prophet from Israel could cure him.  He went to the prophet’s house and the prophet sent a messenger out to tell him to go bath in the Jordan seven times.  It was simply a matter of obedience and faith on Naaman’s part.  He was not from Israel and didn’t pray to their God.  He was not happy, but a member of his group encouraged him to obey and so he did.  He was cured instantly after his seventh dip in the Jordan.  God is freely giving you a gift too: the gift of salvation.  It is a free gift.  It cost you nothing but cost God His Son, Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all our sins.  ALL of them.  Our debt is paid.  All we have to do is accept the free gift from God.  It really is that simple.  It doesn’t matter what you have done; Jesus paid for it on the cross.  Come to the cross.  Follow Christ.  Be free.
Song: “Jesus paid it all”
Sunday, May 12 — Happy Mother’s Day.  Most of us went to families for the day  and worshiped with them.  We pray you had a wonderful day.
Sunday, May 5 we had Bill Tower join us again.  His family came and present music for us to sing along, which was an added treat. Our time in the Word centered around Jonah 3:1-10.  God’s message to the Ninevites was simple and they responded to that simple message. Because of that response, they were saved from destruction at that time. The Ninevites were wicked people, but they knew enough about the God of Israel to know He meant what He said.  They believed. They didn’t serve Him, but knew He was a God of mercy. God is moved by true humility and genuine repentance.  God is not impressed with half-hearted service and devotion.  How are you today?  Where do you fit in?  Do you believe?  Are you part of a church family?  Are you unsure of what to do?  Join us and let us help you.  Read God’s word and learn.  Pray.  The message of the Gospel is for all, not some.  It is for ALL.
Sunday, April 27 we had Dave and Artja Mexcur, missionaries with The Crescent Project, with us.  They spent some time letting us know how things were going.  It is wonderful to hear that they have about 150 different countries logging onto the website,  We spent time learning about being content –satisfied, peace, free from murmuring and complaining — and looked at several verses that speak on this issue.  From 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17 we learn about being content no matter what you have or have not — to choose Godliness not personal gain — to live simply.  Be willing to share.  Avoid greediness.  From Luke 12: 29-34 we are reminded that God knows what we need.  Seek Him and His kingdom first.  Be content with what you have, whether that be little or much.  Contentment changes your perspective on your situation.
Songs “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”
“The Anchor Holds”
“The Measure of a Man”
Sunday, April 21 HAPPY EASTER!  (Sorry it took so long to get this in this time – forgive me)  We had Pastor McLeod with us today.  We spent our time remembering what Christ has done for us and looking at the empty grave.  How wonderful to have an empty grave!  Only Christ has risen from death, according to the Scriptures — a perfect sacrifice!  If you go to the graves of all the other leaders of other religions, you will find them still there in their graves.  Not Christ!  He’s alive!  He’s in heaven with His Father waiting for us!  He intercedes on our behalf.  He loves us.  He cares for us.  He disciplines us.  He waits for us.  He is our Savior.  Thank you, LORD!   
Songs: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”
“Up from the Grave He Arose”   
“It is well with my soul”
Sunday, April 14 Pastor Tower was with us. It’s the E”aster season.  Easter is not about a bunny; it’s about a Lamb.  Easter is not about a basket full of eggs; it’s about an empty tomb.  Jesus is the perfect sacrifice – the perfect Lamb of God – who takes away the sins of the earth.  By His blood, we are saved.  The entire Old Testament tells us about the coming Messiah, the Christ.  The New Testament shows us Christ.  Jesus, God’s Son, knew what He was on earth to do and He did it willingly so that we could come to the throne of grace.  Jesus knew/knows how many times we will fail, but He died for us anyway.  He died on the cross according to the Scriptures and was raised from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures.  We have a living, perfect, sinless Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.  What a wonderful gift!  Come join us on Sunday and learn more.  Christ is waiting for you with open arms.  Receive Him. Watch Mel Gibson’s “Passion” to learn more. 
Songs “He’s Alive” 
“The Easter Song”
“Christ the Lord is Risen today”
Sunday, March 31 we had the pleasure of Pastor Bill Page, a missionary to nursing homes and chaplain for Veterans.  We spent our time in Isaiah.  When difficult times come your way, remember these three things.  1. Who’s in control?  God.  God is a personal God.  He’s in control.  He cares.           2. The one in charge shares your burden.  Isaiah 41: 10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   3. It’s not over yet. This is not all there is.  There is more.  Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven. You have not been forgotten.  Though times get rough, you are loved.    Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.   
Song: “Where I Belong” by Building 429
Sunday, March 24 Pastor McLeod was with us.  The prophet Elijah took on 850 priests of Baal, the false god.  They spent hours upon hours calling upon Baal to burn up their sacrifice, hollering, chanting, and even cutting themselves, but nothing worked.  A false god can do nothing for you.  Elijah soaked his sacrifice in water – three times! — and God burned it all up, including the altar, ground, and water — and all this was done the first time Elijah asked.  The real God is an awesome God!  We make choices in our lives — choices that bring us closer to God and choices that take us further away.  Each choice has a consequence.  What is your choice today?  God or self? 
Songs: “Today I choose to follow you” 
“I will call upon the Lord”
Sunday, March 17 Pastor McLeod joined us again. How much do you love God?  Do you realize that He loves you very much?  When you hurt, He hurts.  When you are joyful, He is joyful.  Where do you go when you have heart trouble?  You’d go to a cardiologist, one who specializes in the heart.  God created that heart.  He is the ultimate healer.  He says you will find Him when you seek for Him with your whole heart, and soul, and mind.  Do you do this?  What things have been allowed to creep into your life that keep you from personal time with the Lord?  How goes it with your heart today? Remember, man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.  It’s time to check yours. 
Songs: “I love You, Lord” 
“O how He loves you and me”
“A the way my Savior leads me”
Sunday, March 9 Pastor McLeod joined us.  We looked at John 6 starting at verse 1 and looked at what Jesus did with the two fish and five loaves of barley bread.  Remember that barley was used by the poor to make their breads, so the young boy who had these items was not rich.  Also note that the boy was the one whom Jesus used to feed the five thousand plus people gathered to hear Him speak.  God can use anyone, even you!  He understands what we are going through.  He loves us.  He used five loaves and two fish; we are made of fives and twos.  We have two arms, legs, hands, feet, ears, eyes, sides, etc.  We have five fingers and five toes.  We are able to do many things for God — be His hands and feet, His mouth and ears.  Isn’t that wonderful?  How is God using you today?  How are you serving Him today?  Give God everything; don’t get caught up in the “I won’t bother Him with this because He’s busy” syndrome.  He’s got this! 
Songs: “Make me a Servant” 
“I am Thine, O Lord”
Sunday, March 3 we had Gary Ford leading the lesson.  Our focus was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Paul wrote the Corinthians a letter reminding them that when he was with them he preached the simple message of Christ.  He didn’t preach a lofty message making it hard to understand, because the gospel of Christ is simple.  Believe in Christ.  Believe in His death on the cross for your sins. Accept His gift of salvation.  Period.  It really is that simple.  The focus is always on Christ.  Don’t put your faith in the wisdom of men which leads to nothing.  Put your faith in the gospel, in Christ, and live freely.  After accepting this free gift, the Scriptures (bible) will become easier to understand and you will grow in your faith.  Come visit us and we’ll help you understand more. 
Song for the day: “Surrender” by 4HIM   
Sunday, February 24 Pastor Tower had us in the book of Job, chapter 23, verses 8-14.  The lessons we discussed today were about remaining faithful despite our circumstances.  Job was faithful.  He had his moments, just like all humans do, but he believed God.  How about you?  God put the Bible together for us.  He chose the words.  He chose the order of the words.  Each one has a purpose.  We need to read and learn from His word daily.  We need to remember, and learn, to trust in Him at all times.  Remember, we are hear to glorify God.  He is not here to grant our every wish.  He loves us and He does what He does for a reason.  He allows things in our lives for a reason.  When we do it our own way, we are saying we’re better than God and know what is best for us.  God still loves us.  He’s always waiting for us to come to Him.  Will you answer His call? 
Songs for today: “I need Thee every hour” 
“Jesus paid it all” 
“Oh how He loves you and me” 
“Our God is an awesome God” by Rich Mullins
Sunday, February 10, we had the joy of learning from Pastor James McLeod.  We looked into the end life of Paul (AKA Saul of Tarsus) in 2 Timothy chapter 4.  Paul was under house arrest and knew his time was coming to an end.  His past was not a pretty one as he (Saul) was rounding up the Christians, determined to take them back to Rome to be executed because they followed Jesus.  Upon the road to Damascus, Jesus talked to him and showed him the truth.  His name was changed and he became the Apostle Paul, the same man who wrote a large portion of the New Testament.  He wholeheartedly served the Lord up to his death, leading many to Christ.  When his time was near he stated that he had fought the good fight and was ready.
No one is out of God’s reach.  Paul was killing those who followed Christ and when face to face with Christ, learning the truth, he became saved and served Christ.  You can do this too.  One day we will all face the Lord.  Either you will face Him as your Savior or as your Judge.  The choice is yours. Which do you choose?
Song today: “Surrender” by 4HIM
Sunday, February 10 we did a group Bible study from the book of Philippians.  We went through the first chapter and discussed Paul.  Paul’s letter to the Philippians was on a more personal level.  He didn’t have any condemnation to send their way, but encouraged them and told them how much he longed to see them again.  He wrote this while he was imprisoned, chained to a soldier under house arrest.  The soldier was changed every four hours, so Paul had six captive audience sessions.  What did he do?  He preached the gospel of Christ.  He wrote letters to the churches.  He prayed.  He rejoiced.  What a wonderful example for all of us. Whatever we are going through, we have joy in Christ and can rejoice.  We can encourage and teach others.  We can spread the gospel.  Amen.  Sounds good to us! 
Songs for today – playlist of uplifting and encouraging songs
Sunday, February 3 Pastor Tower taught us from Jonah chapter 3 more about God’s compassion for all creation.  Jonah went to Nineveh and told the whole city that God was going to destroy them.  They believed God and put on sackcloth and prayed earnestly for forgiveness.  They recognized that they were evil and believed Israel’s God would do what He said. They also believed that He might hear them and change His mind. God had compassion on them and did not destroy them because of their repentant cries to Him.  They understood the simple message and responded to it.  We hear God’s message — His call to us.  We are without excuse.  Romans 1: 18 + tells us that we know – it is within all of us.  We simply need to choose what answer we will give to God’s call. 
No matter how deeply you’ve gone into sin, when you see God and hear His call, believe and truly repent.  He’ll forgive you, save you, and welcome you into the family of God.  He has compassion on you.  His invitation to come to Him is for ALL people.  What do you say today?  Don’t let doubt and fear keep you from a relationship with God.   
Songs for today:  “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams
“Chain Breaker” by Zack Williams
Sunday, January 25 Pastor Tower spoke about God’s compassion for us. No matter who you are, or what your past involves, God loves you.  He has compassion for you.  Read Psalm 139.  There’s no place where you can hide from God.  Pour out your heart to God, not as a magic genie who will give you what you want (and you can bad mouth Him and say He isn’t real because He didn’t answer your prayer and give you what you asked for) because God is not a genie.  Pour out your heart to a compassionate Father who does what’s best for you, what you need at the time, even if you never know it or see it yourself.  Trust your compassionate Lord. 
If you are a parent, do you always give your child what they want and ask for?  No, because we know that’s not the best thing for the child.  Why expect more from a holy, compassionate God who sees everything, knows everything, and wants only what is best for us in the big picture?  Yes, bad things happen.  It is the way of the world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something good involved too.  Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  You don’t “see” air, but it is there.  You don’t “see” the wind, only the effects of the wind, but it is there.  God is real.  God is there.  God loves you.  God is compassionate toward you.  Come to the cross and put yourself in His hands.  He loves you. 
Song for the day…”Trust His Heart”
Sunday, January 20, due to the storm and dangerous road conditions, we did not have a service at DCC.  We pray all of you were safe at home.
For our message to you today, we’d like to show you the way to Christ directly.  In God’s Word, the Bible, He says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NIV)  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23 (NIV) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV) “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NIV) “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9+10 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. ” John 3:16 (NIV) 
If God is calling you, answer His call. Confess that you are a sinner.  Confess that you believe that Christ died for your sins on the Cross and was raised again according to the scriptures.  Confess your belief and need and ask God to come into your life, forgive you, and abide within your heart.  You come just as you are.  Just as you are.  God loves you.  Let Him into your life. 
Songs today–May they bless your day.
“Flawless” by MercyMe
“Control (Somehow You want me)” by Tenth Avenue North
Sunday, January 13, Pastor Tower was with us.  “Our faith will never be stronger than our willingness to obey God.”  Abraham obeyed God and took his son Isaac to the mountain as a sacrifice.  God stopped him and provided a ram.  Genesis 22: 1-18.  God uses trials  to reveal our hearts to us and to strengthen our faith.  Through our trials, we learn what needs to be fixed.  God is deliberately working in our lives, pruning us to strengthen our faith.  Trials have a purpose, so shine through them and follow God.  He knows what He’s doing. 
“I will follow” by Chris Tomlin
Sunday, January 6, God loves you.  Period.  That’s as simple as it gets.  Come join us and learn more.  Here are some songs to bless your day. 
Compilation of songs
Sunday, December 30, Christ died for you.  Your sins will be forgiven if you trust in the Lord and seek Him. This doesn’t mean you won’t have consequences for your actions/choices.  One day your life will end.  Do you want to face Christ as your Savior or as your judge?  Forever in heaven or hell?  What is your decision?  It’s time to make a choice.  If you have been reading these, you are seeking.  Choose today where you want to spend eternity.  It’s all real.  All of it.  
“I wish we’d all been ready” from the movie “Left Behind”
Sunday, December 23, we had the joy of Pastor Tower’s teachings.  God had things planned out and His timing is perfect. The star the wise men followed was different from any other star. The world was ready for a Savior and God sent forth His Son, which means that Christ already existed.  Christ agreed to be sent to redeem mankind.  Jesus fully paid the price for our sins– yours and mine — so that we could come to the throne of grace because of His sacrifice on the cross.  We have been redeemed – purchased from the curse and power of sin — to become God’s adopted children.  Thank you, Lord!  Thank you.   Merry Christmas everyone!
Sunday, December 16 we had Don Smith come minister to us in music.  He has a ministry of music where he goes around to many nursing homes, etc… and shares the love of Christ with them.  We sang and worshiped for the morning.  So today, here is your ministry in music selections.  May God bless your day and holiday season. 
“He Is” by Aaron Jeffery 
“The Savior is Waiting”
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
“Silent Night” sung by Hillsong 
“The Measure of a Man” by 4HIM–8D2H4FGcA 
“Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave 
Sunday, December 8, we had David Mexcur teach us from the book of Jonah.  This is a book about God’s grace.  Grace is “unmerited favor of God toward man.”  Basically,  we get something we don’t deserve. God desires us to have this; He gives it to us to respond to His call.  In His grace, God has a plan for us.  He loves us all; He doesn’t love all our choices, beliefs, or actions, but He loves us.  What are we to do with this grace?  Extend it to others.  God is gracious to us; we should be gracious to others.  That’s not always easy as some people just make it hard to be gracious to them, but it’s about God, not us.  When we are gracious to others, we give unmerited favor to them.  That really speaks volumes.  Remember to do this with a good attitude, regardless of the other person’s attitude.  What you are doing is unto the Lord.  Thank you, Lord, for loving us and extending us grace!   Our songs for this week are: 
“Who am I?” Casting Crowns 
“Grace greater than all my sin” sung by Don Moen
“He holds the keys” Steve Green
I did not mean to forget to post on the Dec. 1st.  We didn’t have services due to the icy road conditions.  I still should have put something here for you.  I apologize.  Forgive me.
Sunday, November 25, we had Gary Ford as our speaker.  As this is the “season of giving,” we spent time looking into what God says about our giving.  Proverbs 14:21 says, “He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.” (NIV)  Our neighbors could be those right beside us, in our neighborhood, our town, our church, our workplace, our world.  There are so many needs out there that it is easy to find a place to give.  Look to God to direct your paths and give in an attitude of love, not expecting anything in return.  Check the place out; ask others about it. There are so many pieces of mail coming at us this time of year that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Give as the Lord directs you, with a happy heart.  Give wisely, seeking wisdom through prayer.  2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (NIV)  During this holiday season, consider your options, help those in need, and show others the love of God through your actions.  Here are a few songs for your today.  God bless. 
“You are God alone” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean
“Revelation Song” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean  
“Do something” by Matthew West
“What faith can do” by Kutless
Sunday, November 18, Pastor Reinhardt spoke to us about suffering.  Many people believe that if they come to Christ, accept Him as Savior, all their troubles will be gone and life will be wonderful.  They are then disillusioned because that isn’t the case.  As you read back on September 2, Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)   Suffering is a part of life.  We can’t get around that.  What we can do is control our reactions to it.  Seek God and find peace in the mist of the challenge.  He is there.  Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.  With God’s help you can overcome whatever challenge you are in.  It may take time, it may be painful, but God is there and He does love you.  Following Christ does not mean easy street.  Are you willing to suffer for Christ’s sake?  Are you willing to identify with His life, His suffering, His death? Heaven is real, so is hell.  Choose today where you want to spend eternity.  God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for YOU, to take the burden of YOUR sins, to offer YOU forgiveness and eternal life.  That’s a pretty awesome gift!    Here are a few songs for today.  May they encourage you and bless your day. 
“You say” by Lauren Daigle
“Even if” by MercyMe 
“I will trust in You” by Laren Daigle
“Do it again” by Elevation Worship 
“Broken Vessels” by Hillsong Worship
Sunday, November 11, Pastor Dave Reinhardt spoke about planting the love of God. Whether we are planing a church or just reaching out to our neighbors, we are planting God’s love.  You are a part of a blessing of God no matter where you are.  Show the loving kindness of God in all you do. 
Your song for today is “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective Experiment  
Sunday, November 4 we had Pastor Tower return and lead the service.  We read Mark 9: 14-27 and discussed how we don’t have control over everything in our lives.  That’s okay, though, because God does.  Sometimes we put our faith and trust in someone or something other than God.  There is no substitute for the Lord.  Many of us forget our faith and only turn to our Lord as a last resort.  He should be our first resort – our first thought.  God is always working in our lives.  The things that happen to us, He has allowed for a specific reason.  We don’t need to know that reason — we may never know that reason — but He is all-knowing and He used our circumstances for good.  Don’t focus on the problem.  Focus on Christ.  This situation may be in our lives because there is something He wants to revel to us about ourselves, our faith, our relationship with Him.  You must understand that Jesus is not a genie in a bottle giving us everything we ask for and want.  He gives us what is good for us, what we need, and He loves us.  When we accept what God is offering us, we find true peace. 
Your song today is “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.  Enjoy.
Sunday, October 21, Pastor Bill Tower was our teacher for the day.  We read Matthew 25: 45-56, as well as many connecting verses from the bible, and discussed how God doesn’t work according to our plans.  He works according to His plans. He knows we are going to fail, but He still loves us.  When things seem all messed up, turn to Him.  He’s got this.  Remember the Cross!  Why would a holy God — God of glory — God of creation — send His won Son to die on the cross at the hands of wicked men – men He was also dying for and offering salvation to?  It is because He loves us.  God’s love does not mean we get everything we want or pray for because sometimes the best answer is NO.  He sees the whole picture.  We see only that instant.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all you ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5 + 6  
Your song today.  “At the Cross” by Chris Tomlin.  
Sunday, October 14, we had Brian Avery as our speaker.  He focused on John 15 and our relationship with Christ. We can’t produce fruit if we don’t abide in Christ. We abide in Christ through His word.  His word speaks to us, cleans us, molds us, and  makes us into the Christians that produce fruit. Christ wants us to obey Him and His word, but not as slaves; He calls us friends.   
The song for today is “Abide with Me” sung by Matt Maher .
Another song is “The Fruit of the Spirit” that is designed for kids, but works for us adults too.
Sunday, October 7, we had the joy of Pastor Reinhardt again.  The sermon centered on I Corinthians 12: 11-25. We are all different parts of the body of Christ.  We need each other and we work together.  We are one in Christ.  It was very encouraging to hear this again and be reminded of how much God loves us.  We had communion as a family.  
Here is your song for today.  I hope it encourages you. “Oceans” by Hillsong United 
Sunday, September 30, we were blessed to have Pastor David Reinhardt as our teacher. The sermon centered around reminding us all that God does not forget His promises.  They are true.  They are steadfast.  They can be trusted.  We are to remember this and teach our children and our grandchildren, as well as being an example for the world. Focusing on His promises is a form of daily worship.   We all fail; it’s a fact of life.  We aren’t perfect, but we have a perfect Savior.  Praise God for that!
Come spend Sunday mornings with us as we continue to learn and praise God.  We’d truly love to have you come worship with us.
Here is your song.  Enjoy.  “The Basics of Life” by 4Him.
Sunday, September 23, Pastor Temple taught on the Grace of a Challenged Faith. The teaching focused on Matthew 8:23-26. “A healthy Christian needs a growing faith.  A growing faith needs challenges that it might be strengthened, stretched, flaws seen, so it can be refocused on the foundation of Christ. The storm in this reading is a purposed storm.  Note that Christ is there too. Jesus challenged the quality of the disciples’ faith in His power.  He does this with words – ‘Why are you afraid?’ He says they have little faith. He’s there with them.  He said they would go across to the other side.  He challenges their faith with actions. He rebukes the storm and the sea is perfectly calm. When Jesus challenges us – our faith- He gives us more ground for a healthy faith.”  Next week, Pastor Temple will teach on the Grace of Faith in the Love of God.  Come worship with us and learn along side us.
A song for you today — “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle
Sunday, September 16, Pastor Temple’s sermon was on the grade of assurance of salvation.  The teaching centered on John 10:27-30.  “What is the ground of our assurance of salvation?  It is the living Word of the living God.  It is on what God says, not on anything I did.  Three aspects of the gift of eternal life: 1. Giver–Jesus gave us eternal life when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus is perfect – thus His gift is perfect. In the Greek, ‘I give’ is the present tense implying His giving is concrete/actual/factual/literal/real. I am not earning this gift.  He gives it. 2. Gift–eternal life — spiritual life — includes soul/mind/heart.   3. Guaranteed–secured against the strength of other forces.  Nothing can take me out of the Giver’s hands.  I am not the one holding onto the gift of eternal life. Jesus holds that.”
Next week Pastor Temple will teach on the Grace of a Challenged Faith.  Come join us!
Songs today:  “Blessed Assurance”
Sunday, September 9, Pastor Temple began a six week study on God’s grace. The teaching centered around Colossians 1:19 + 20 and what God did for us on the Cross.  “Through the Cross, we have peace. Because of the Cross, we are bound together with God. The Cross rescues us from the dominion of darkness.  The Cross restores us back to the kingdom of God – God’s presences. The Cross redeems us — purchases us from slavery to sin and death. The Cross relieves us through the forgiveness of our sins.  The Cross where Jesus shed His blood as a perfect sacrifice for our sins was for us.  When you come to the Cross, things change in your life.”
Come join us Sunday, September 16, 9:30 am at the Danbury Community Center as Pastor Temple teaches us about the Grace of Assurance of Salvation.
Here are a couple songs to listen to this week.  “Grace  Greater than Our Sin”
“My Chains are Gone” by Chris Tomlin
Sunday, September 2, 2018, we were blessed to have Pastor Peter Temple (retired pastor– 42 years!) fill the pulpit.  The sermon centered around Psalm 103:19–The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (NIV)
“Troubles are like the sparks from a fire.  They go up but they also come down.  The trouble with trouble is that it’s exhausting – body, soul, mind.  The problem for Christians is that exhaustion makes us vulnerable to temptation and sin.  What do we do about it?  Rest in the sovereignty of God.  How do we do this? We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, appreciate the sovereignty of God, and affirm the sovereignty of God.  God directs our steps and stops as we wait upon Him.  God is in control.  It is God who rules, not the problems, circumstances, fate, fortune, system, government, etc.  Remember that.”
If you are a Christian, remember this direction when troubles come your way.  Rest in God — truly rest in God.  He’s got this, even if you don’t agree with what you happen to see/feel/think; He’s still got this.  Remember that we don’t see the whole picture.  Read Psalm 23 and pay attention to the personal pronouns.
If you have never accepted Christ as your personal Savior, troubles can weigh you down and many times steal your hope.  They become burdens that you are focused on as you go about wondering Why? and What if?  It’s a heavy burden to bear.  Come to the Cross and let God lift those burdens.  It doesn’t mean you won’t have troubles in your life, because you will.  Jesus says in John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV).  It does mean that you have hope and knowledge that God has got this, and He is walking with you as you go through the challenges of life.  
Come join us on Sunday mornings.  We would be happy to see you.
Here’s a song for you.  May it brighten your day. “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns —