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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf4ufekHjeg
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaZbqDd33Yw
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, crescentproject.org. 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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMQfOp9w8
“The Anchor Holds” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSAc5Z2lprk
“The Measure of a Man” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lunaZQltWGY
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPW9xYEyijQ
“Up from the Grave He Arose” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN77HjfAc8k
“It is well with my soul” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCg-QXhhC5I
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da22GD6pbhk
“The Easter Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSbcYzgy8aoj
“Christ the Lord is Risen today” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lchVdAqCWk
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzrMegNcCVA
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANAOg1rnTAo
“I will call upon the Lord” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPsK9UiBFJI
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Ryh4E2WU4
“O how He loves you and me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtFxnQsl6Q
“A the way my Savior leads me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOtFEs0Jos
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6U8O_WnPZY
“I am Thine, O Lord” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMrgaV9pqUo
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6o5gWxBgg
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZIMDcgrF-Q
“Jesus paid it all” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs05AtP2wd8
“Oh how He loves you and me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtFxnQsl6Q
“Our God is an awesome God” by Rich Mullins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uZ_RlHI48
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6o5gWxBgg
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWFzMvCfLE&list=PLaogYA6m1Liv-uePdHWOI-mrtAJJWJCYC
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQTnREEtuNk
“Chain Breaker” by Zack Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYjKR69M6U
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWk8DRwDYDc
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ7EyPTOltw
“Control (Somehow You want me)” by Tenth Avenue North https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPIE3teCXiQ
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgqD_HQQir0
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFfztu8-bBQ&index=2&list=PLWvahZRxLnLMSWeULnub0CCeQzvxGM8hB
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKH64nWB8sQ
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Btc3g0UaU
“The Savior is Waiting”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJLmdR5gVQ
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Ks49apflE
“Silent Night” sung by Hillsong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNpiQwgStNA
“The Measure of a Man” by 4HIM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lunaZQltWGY&list=PLADHVOwLnQOVex1Z4dYJVf–8D2H4FGcA
“Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiGb14tTaH4
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTaYWoHNfRI
“Grace greater than all my sin” sung by Don Moen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdENxO6HVo
“He holds the keys” Steve Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVIzX1AGMc
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xPzTSpbYmk
“Revelation Song” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsiDukXIeVY
“Do something” by Matthew West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8
“What faith can do” by Kutless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur6Zznc407U
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZvKJl1kK8g
“Even if” by MercyMe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyLrl0SWe7s
“I will trust in You” by Laren Daigle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXMPNXXnCls
“Do it again” by Elevation Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B_lnQIITxU
“Broken Vessels” by Hillsong Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiyYoe678yI
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcG9HApTC_Q
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaT8Jl2zpI
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIuC9-4aB7Q .
Another song is “The Fruit of the Spirit” that is designed for kids, but works for us adults too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-hrxEjWxkE
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBJJJkiRukY
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDeiy9-t2GE
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdENxO6HVo
“My Chains are Gone” by Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I
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 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqbKyeKOBI