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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 1, 2020 Sometimes you just need a song. Enjoy.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, July 19, 2020 Pastor Tower has been uploading all the messages to our Facebook page. If you go there (raggedmountainbiblechurch.com 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.
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.
“Almost home” by MercyMe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lKdHXfpsFQ
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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. 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/raggedmountainbiblechurch/videos/579219946273326/
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 3 songs for today.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Aq8zAhBOxQ
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.”
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fA35Ved-Y
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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