Sunday, September 16 Pastor Temple continued with living a victorious, spiritual life using Eliezer, Abraham’s chief servant, as an example for prayer.  No matter how many differences we have, we all have problems.  Work the problem by praying the problem.  Eliezer prayed very specifically about finding a wife for Abraham’s son, asking God for specific things to happen so that he would know God’s choice.  Scripture says that before he finished praying, Rebekah showed up.  When we have a problem/challenge, we should pray about it, but not just a simple “Hey, Lord, you know what’s going on and what I need. Thanks.” kind of prayer.  Pray the problem 1) consciously, 2) categorically with specific details, 3) convincingly, 4) carefully with humility surrendering to God’s will for the answer whether that be Yes or No, and 5) confidently knowing that He’s got this.  Prayer is a gift.  God already knows, but He wants us to pray with details and seek His guidance. Pray from the heart, with feeling and earnest, showing how we feel.  Surrender to His will regarding the situation. 
Songs:  “You are God alone” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xPzTSpbYmk 
“Your Grace still amazes me” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXVUYC_ykwE
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.” 
Song “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs
Song “Guilty” by Newsboys  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHroHbYHtrU
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. 
Song “Arky Arky” children’s song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSxd9JVE3r4
“I will follow” by Chris Tomlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ohvhmGSfxI 
Sunday, August 11 Pastor Tower continued with Psalm 15.  Abiding with God on a daily basis means having a close fellowship with the God of creation.  Never lose sight of that.  We are in His presence always, and He sees all we do, what’s in our hearts, and our deepest thoughts.  The results of a close fellowship with God is a life focused on doing, saying, thinking what is right before God.  Examine yourself.  Look at Psalm 15.  Can you say you are doing it correctly?  Be careful of your tongue.  The book of James compares it to a rudder on a ship, though small that rudder directs the whole ship. Your tongue can direct you down paths far from God.  Don’t be deceived and disguise your words as a “concern” about another person and then spill out all the gossip and backbiting words.  Ask yourself if you would like someone telling every bad thing you’ve ever done or said?  If not, then don’t do it to someone else.  Simply say they need prayer and pray for them.  Remember that sin is a real part of absolutely everybody’s lives and stay in God’s word, connected to Him daily, to continue to grow in Christ and become more like Him.  Read, repent, pray, ask for guidance, seek His face.  What joy there is in that! 
Songs:   “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXp6xcY5IqU 
“You say” by Lauren Daigle  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaT8Jl2zpI 
“Chain Breaker” by Zack Williams  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYjKR69M6U
Sunday, August 4 we spent time in Psalm 15 with Pastor Tower.  Christians do not always do things right.  We sin, constantly for some of us, but the Holy Spirit convicts us and we repent.  Some people believe they can’t come to God until they are completely free of any wrong doing.  Impossible.  We are human and thus sinful by nature.  When confronted with our sins, we need to repent and not do it again — be remorseful for what we’ve done.  Work on having a closer relationship with God via reading His word and meditating on it.  How is your walk with the Lord?  What do you need to work on? How’s your character?  You don’t have to be happy with your circumstances, but you will have joy in the Lord when you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior.  You’ll make mistakes, sin, in your life.  We are not perfect.  It’s our responses to those failures that make us different. 
Songs “He Leadeth Me”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpC78nfVdfY 
“I will call upon the Lord”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPsK9UiBFJI   
“Above all”  by Michael W. Smith  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmxb3F7rb_0  
Sunday, July 28 we had the pleasure of  Bill Paige.  His message was entitled “Lord, you want me to do what?”  Often in our lives tough times come along.  We don’t want them, but they do.  Even though this will happen, we need to trust God.  He’s got this under control.  Noah was told to build an ark.  Keep in mind that there hadn’t been any rain on the earth up to this point in time.  Dew watered the ground.  Noah lived in an arid climate and no where near the ocean.  Yet he was told to build an ark, 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.  That’s huge!  Noah did as he was told.  It took him about 100 years to build the ark, doing so with lots of harassment from the people living around him.  He obeyed and trusted God.  No questions asked. Abraham was told to leave his father, family, and country and go to the place God would lead him to.  He went, no questions asked.  He didn’t even know where he was going.  God promised him a son and he finally was born when Abraham was 100.  Later, God told him to take his son, his one and only son, to a mountain and sacrifice him there.  Abraham obeyed, trusting God would bring him back from the dead.  He never had to sacrifice his son, as God stopped him and provided a ram.  Abraham obeyed even when the situation was very difficult and painful.  This is what God did for us — He sacrificed His one and only Son for us.  He gave us the perfect sacrifice to save us from our sins and to have eternal life with Him in heaven.  No matter what the situation, there is nothing God cannot handle.  If He’s called you to do something, He will equip you to handle it.  Put your faith in God.  
Sunday, July 21 Pastor Tower taught us from 1 Samuel 17.  We looked at how God chose David as king over his brothers, especially the eldest brother.  We saw how angry the older brother became when David questioned why no one was fighting Goliath.  God knew the heart of the older brother and the heart of David.  David knew the battle was the Lord’s and that the Lord would fight for him.  He didn’t think highly of himself, but humbled himself before the Lord.  All things are in His hands.  We humans have a natural tendency to judge others by their faults.  Once they screw up — that’s it — don’t trust them again.  Thank you, Lord, for not viewing us that way!  We are strongest when we are humble before the Lord.  Sometimes God puts us in situations where there’s no hope  or no way out– from out human perspective that is. Sometimes it’s because we need to be reminded of Him and that He is in charge.  He is capable.  He loves us.  But, in our human nature, we start walking like we’ve got this all handled and under control and we work in our own strength instead of in God’s.   Sometimes it’s hard and it doesn’t go the way we’d like it to, but God is still in control.  We aren’t.  Each situation is an opportunity to grow in our faith for His glory.  Amen! 
Song -“We believe” by Newsboys  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjZ01FcK0yk 
Song “God’s not dead” by Newsboys  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_OTz-lpDjw
Sunday, July 14 we had a worship Bible study led by Reg Glines.  We were looking at the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis.   Do you ever feel like you have it “bad”?  Things just keep going wrong?  In the mists of trials and challenges, do you stay faithful to God?  Joseph did.  He was hated by his brothers.  He was sold into slavery by his brothers.  Yet Joseph still honored and worshiped God.  He was trustworthy and Potipher put him in charge of the entire household.  Then Potipher’s wife wanted Joseph to sleep with her.  He said NO and ran off.  She had torn his clock off him and used it to show her husband how bad the slave Joseph was.  Wrongly accused, he was thrown into prison, and he honored and praised God.  He was put in charge of all that happened in the prison.  One day two of Pharroh’s servants, baker and cup bearer, were thrown into prison.  They both had dreams they couldn’t interpret.  Joseph said God could tell them what the dreams meant.  One was to go back to Pharroh and one was to be killed.  Joseph asked that he be remembered because he hadn’t done anything wrong.  It took two more years before that happened.  Still, Joseph praised and honored God.  Pharroh had a dream and Joseph was called to interpret.  He said God would tell him what it meant.  Egypt was to have seven years of plenty and then seven years of drought.  Joseph told Pharroh how to prepare for these years.  Pharroh put him in charge of the country, second in command to Pharroh.  Still, Joseph honored God.  God was in control of all that happened to him and Joseph never lost sight of that.  Because of all God did through Joseph, during the famine he was able to help many people, including his own family.  What they intended for evil, God used for good.  What about your life?  Is God in control of all things? 
Song  “Awesome God” by Rich Mullins  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w2b033DXCw
Sunday, July 7 Pastor Tower was teaching us.  We began in Isaiah 6 and were reminded how the prophet Isaiah felt when he say the Cherubim and heard the voice crying out.  He fell to his knees and declared how unworthy he was and how he was a man who was unclean.  God used him greatly.  During our lives we will have challenges, troubles, and will have many questions.  Why is this happening to me?  Where is God in all of this?  If He is a God of love, why is this sorrow happening in my life?  We may never know the answers to why challenges and heartaches happen in our lives until we reach heaven, but we can rest assured that He is in complete control of all things and He cares very much for us and what is happening in our lives.  Just because it isn’t going the way we want it to, doesn’t mean we are out of His caring hands.  God is not limited in any way.  He is active and alive in our lives.  One day we’ll see Him on His throne — our God, our Father, our LORD, Yahweh, Jehovah.  Focus on the glory of the Lord, especially in times of trouble.  He loves you! 
Song: “He is Faithful” Jesus Culture  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmNLgQr-0wM
Sunday, June 30 Pastor McLeod joined us.  Our study was centered around Acts 17:1-9.   We are born again when we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior – we have salvation.  We, as followers of Christ, serve Him by getting involved in the things of God.  We are set aside for service, even if it is something as simple as letting you know what we did in church each Sunday.  As followers of Christ and members of His family, we have the assurance of heaven.  Our God is able to do all things, and we rest in His care.  Even when things get tough, we know that He is able and all things are in His control.  He is coming again, as He has said, and we will be with Him in glory. Amen.  What about you?  Have you made a decision for Christ?  Have you sought Him out?  Has He being calling you?  Are you listening?  Responding?  Do you need to talk to someone about it?  Come visit us on Sunday.  We would love to have you and answer your questions. 
Song: “People get ready”  Crystal Lewis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REc6uRQRnV0
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. 
Songs “Taste and See”  by Shane and Shane  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOzf0VrDNGU
“God’s Grace” Album Scripture Memory Songs  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Aq8zAhBOxQ
Sunday, June 9 Pastor Tower took us to Romans 8: 1-17.  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Sprite of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”  How wonderful!  Christ paid the price for our sins, becoming the perfect sacrifice in our place so that we could approach the throne of grace!  We are sinful beings; all our efforts outside of Christ are doomed.  Without Christ we can’t change our sinful hearts.  It takes an act of God to bring salvation.  God did this through His Son, Jesus.  Our debt is paid.  All we need to do it accept that we are sinners — all of us are sinners — and acknowledge that Christ is God’s Son who paid the price for our sins.  He died on the cross, according to the Scriptures, was buried for three days, according to the Scriptures, and was raised from the dead, according to the Scriptures, thus He is alive!  Accept that you need a savior, ask for forgiveness of your sins, and ask God to enter your heart.  You will be saved.  God is calling you, drawing you to Him.  Answer His call and be set free.  You’ll still have trouble in your life but you’ll have peace.  Take heart!  God has overcome the world! Amen.  Come spend Sunday mornings with us and learn more.  We’d love to have you! 
Song:  “Dead Man Walking” by Jeremy Camp  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf4ufekHjeg
Sunday, June 2 Pastor Tower was with us again.  God speaks to individuals — to us.  It’s amazing to think of the fact that the Creator of our universe speaks to us.  God uses the Bible to speak to us, to instruct us, to be part of our lives.  He intends for us to read it and meditate on His Word.  It’s easy to take that for granted, to just casually read, but God desires an active relationship. God speaks to us via His written Word, preaching, and those He’s sent into our lives. He desires an active relationship with us.  Think about the treasure we have in His Word!  Think about that.  Meditate on it.  God, the Creator of the Universe, desires an active relationship with us.  How about you?  Have you answered God’s call?  Come visit us on Sunday and learn more.  
Sunday, May 26 — Pastor McLeod was with us again today.  We were in 1 Kings 5 and discussed the free gift from God.  Naaman had leprosy and an Israelite servant girl in his household told him that the prophet from Israel could cure him.  He went to the prophet’s house and the prophet sent a messenger out to tell him to go bath in the Jordan seven times.  It was simply a matter of obedience and faith on Naaman’s part.  He was not from Israel and didn’t pray to their God.  He was not happy, but a member of his group encouraged him to obey and so he did.  He was cured instantly after his seventh dip in the Jordan.  God is freely giving you a gift too: the gift of salvation.  It is a free gift.  It cost you nothing but cost God His Son, Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all our sins.  ALL of them.  Our debt is paid.  All we have to do is accept the free gift from God.  It really is that simple.  It doesn’t matter what you have done; Jesus paid for it on the cross.  Come to the cross.  Follow Christ.  Be free.
Song: “Jesus paid it all”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaZbqDd33Yw

 

Sunday, May 12 — Happy Mother’s Day.  Most of us went to families for the day  and worshiped with them.  We pray you had a wonderful day.

 

Sunday, May 5 we had Bill Tower join us again.  His family came and present music for us to sing along, which was an added treat. Our time in the Word centered around Jonah 3:1-10.  God’s message to the Ninevites was simple and they responded to that simple message. Because of that response, they were saved from destruction at that time. The Ninevites were wicked people, but they knew enough about the God of Israel to know He meant what He said.  They believed. They didn’t serve Him, but knew He was a God of mercy. God is moved by true humility and genuine repentance.  God is not impressed with half-hearted service and devotion.  How are you today?  Where do you fit in?  Do you believe?  Are you part of a church family?  Are you unsure of what to do?  Join us and let us help you.  Read God’s word and learn.  Pray.  The message of the Gospel is for all, not some.  It is for ALL.
Sunday, April 27 we had Dave and Artja Mexcur, missionaries with The Crescent Project, with us.  They spent some time letting us know how things were going.  It is wonderful to hear that they have about 150 different countries logging onto the website, crescentproject.org.  We spent time learning about being content –satisfied, peace, free from murmuring and complaining — and looked at several verses that speak on this issue.  From 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17 we learn about being content no matter what you have or have not — to choose Godliness not personal gain — to live simply.  Be willing to share.  Avoid greediness.  From Luke 12: 29-34 we are reminded that God knows what we need.  Seek Him and His kingdom first.  Be content with what you have, whether that be little or much.  Contentment changes your perspective on your situation.
Songs “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LMQfOp9w8
“The Anchor Holds” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSAc5Z2lprk
“The Measure of a Man” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lunaZQltWGY
Sunday, April 21 HAPPY EASTER!  (Sorry it took so long to get this in this time – forgive me)  We had Pastor McLeod with us today.  We spent our time remembering what Christ has done for us and looking at the empty grave.  How wonderful to have an empty grave!  Only Christ has risen from death, according to the Scriptures — a perfect sacrifice!  If you go to the graves of all the other leaders of other religions, you will find them still there in their graves.  Not Christ!  He’s alive!  He’s in heaven with His Father waiting for us!  He intercedes on our behalf.  He loves us.  He cares for us.  He disciplines us.  He waits for us.  He is our Savior.  Thank you, LORD!   
Songs: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPW9xYEyijQ
“Up from the Grave He Arose” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN77HjfAc8k   
“It is well with my soul”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCg-QXhhC5I
Sunday, April 14 Pastor Tower was with us. It’s the E”aster season.  Easter is not about a bunny; it’s about a Lamb.  Easter is not about a basket full of eggs; it’s about an empty tomb.  Jesus is the perfect sacrifice – the perfect Lamb of God – who takes away the sins of the earth.  By His blood, we are saved.  The entire Old Testament tells us about the coming Messiah, the Christ.  The New Testament shows us Christ.  Jesus, God’s Son, knew what He was on earth to do and He did it willingly so that we could come to the throne of grace.  Jesus knew/knows how many times we will fail, but He died for us anyway.  He died on the cross according to the Scriptures and was raised from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures.  We have a living, perfect, sinless Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.  What a wonderful gift!  Come join us on Sunday and learn more.  Christ is waiting for you with open arms.  Receive Him. Watch Mel Gibson’s “Passion” to learn more. 
Songs “He’s Alive” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da22GD6pbhk 
“The Easter Song”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSbcYzgy8aoj
“Christ the Lord is Risen today” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lchVdAqCWk
Sunday, March 31 we had the pleasure of Pastor Bill Page, a missionary to nursing homes and chaplain for Veterans.  We spent our time in Isaiah.  When difficult times come your way, remember these three things.  1. Who’s in control?  God.  God is a personal God.  He’s in control.  He cares.           2. The one in charge shares your burden.  Isaiah 41: 10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.   3. It’s not over yet. This is not all there is.  There is more.  Jesus has prepared a place for you in heaven. You have not been forgotten.  Though times get rough, you are loved.    Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.   
Song: “Where I Belong” by Building 429 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzrMegNcCVA
Sunday, March 24 Pastor McLeod was with us.  The prophet Elijah took on 850 priests of Baal, the false god.  They spent hours upon hours calling upon Baal to burn up their sacrifice, hollering, chanting, and even cutting themselves, but nothing worked.  A false god can do nothing for you.  Elijah soaked his sacrifice in water – three times! — and God burned it all up, including the altar, ground, and water — and all this was done the first time Elijah asked.  The real God is an awesome God!  We make choices in our lives — choices that bring us closer to God and choices that take us further away.  Each choice has a consequence.  What is your choice today?  God or self? 
Songs: “Today I choose to follow you” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANAOg1rnTAo 
“I will call upon the Lord”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPsK9UiBFJI
Sunday, March 17 Pastor McLeod joined us again. How much do you love God?  Do you realize that He loves you very much?  When you hurt, He hurts.  When you are joyful, He is joyful.  Where do you go when you have heart trouble?  You’d go to a cardiologist, one who specializes in the heart.  God created that heart.  He is the ultimate healer.  He says you will find Him when you seek for Him with your whole heart, and soul, and mind.  Do you do this?  What things have been allowed to creep into your life that keep you from personal time with the Lord?  How goes it with your heart today? Remember, man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.  It’s time to check yours. 
Songs: “I love You, Lord”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Ryh4E2WU4 
“O how He loves you and me”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtFxnQsl6Q
“A the way my Savior leads me”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEOtFEs0Jos
Sunday, March 9 Pastor McLeod joined us.  We looked at John 6 starting at verse 1 and looked at what Jesus did with the two fish and five loaves of barley bread.  Remember that barley was used by the poor to make their breads, so the young boy who had these items was not rich.  Also note that the boy was the one whom Jesus used to feed the five thousand plus people gathered to hear Him speak.  God can use anyone, even you!  He understands what we are going through.  He loves us.  He used five loaves and two fish; we are made of fives and twos.  We have two arms, legs, hands, feet, ears, eyes, sides, etc.  We have five fingers and five toes.  We are able to do many things for God — be His hands and feet, His mouth and ears.  Isn’t that wonderful?  How is God using you today?  How are you serving Him today?  Give God everything; don’t get caught up in the “I won’t bother Him with this because He’s busy” syndrome.  He’s got this! 
Songs: “Make me a Servant” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6U8O_WnPZY 
“I am Thine, O Lord”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMrgaV9pqUo
Sunday, March 3 we had Gary Ford leading the lesson.  Our focus was 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Paul wrote the Corinthians a letter reminding them that when he was with them he preached the simple message of Christ.  He didn’t preach a lofty message making it hard to understand, because the gospel of Christ is simple.  Believe in Christ.  Believe in His death on the cross for your sins. Accept His gift of salvation.  Period.  It really is that simple.  The focus is always on Christ.  Don’t put your faith in the wisdom of men which leads to nothing.  Put your faith in the gospel, in Christ, and live freely.  After accepting this free gift, the Scriptures (bible) will become easier to understand and you will grow in your faith.  Come visit us and we’ll help you understand more. 
Song for the day: “Surrender” by 4HIM  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6o5gWxBgg   
Sunday, February 24 Pastor Tower had us in the book of Job, chapter 23, verses 8-14.  The lessons we discussed today were about remaining faithful despite our circumstances.  Job was faithful.  He had his moments, just like all humans do, but he believed God.  How about you?  God put the Bible together for us.  He chose the words.  He chose the order of the words.  Each one has a purpose.  We need to read and learn from His word daily.  We need to remember, and learn, to trust in Him at all times.  Remember, we are hear to glorify God.  He is not here to grant our every wish.  He loves us and He does what He does for a reason.  He allows things in our lives for a reason.  When we do it our own way, we are saying we’re better than God and know what is best for us.  God still loves us.  He’s always waiting for us to come to Him.  Will you answer His call? 
Songs for today: “I need Thee every hour”    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZIMDcgrF-Q 
“Jesus paid it all”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs05AtP2wd8 
“Oh how He loves you and me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtFxnQsl6Q 
“Our God is an awesome God” by Rich Mullins    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4uZ_RlHI48
Sunday, February 10, we had the joy of learning from Pastor James McLeod.  We looked into the end life of Paul (AKA Saul of Tarsus) in 2 Timothy chapter 4.  Paul was under house arrest and knew his time was coming to an end.  His past was not a pretty one as he (Saul) was rounding up the Christians, determined to take them back to Rome to be executed because they followed Jesus.  Upon the road to Damascus, Jesus talked to him and showed him the truth.  His name was changed and he became the Apostle Paul, the same man who wrote a large portion of the New Testament.  He wholeheartedly served the Lord up to his death, leading many to Christ.  When his time was near he stated that he had fought the good fight and was ready.
No one is out of God’s reach.  Paul was killing those who followed Christ and when face to face with Christ, learning the truth, he became saved and served Christ.  You can do this too.  One day we will all face the Lord.  Either you will face Him as your Savior or as your Judge.  The choice is yours. Which do you choose?
Song today: “Surrender” by 4HIM    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6o5gWxBgg
Sunday, February 10 we did a group Bible study from the book of Philippians.  We went through the first chapter and discussed Paul.  Paul’s letter to the Philippians was on a more personal level.  He didn’t have any condemnation to send their way, but encouraged them and told them how much he longed to see them again.  He wrote this while he was imprisoned, chained to a soldier under house arrest.  The soldier was changed every four hours, so Paul had six captive audience sessions.  What did he do?  He preached the gospel of Christ.  He wrote letters to the churches.  He prayed.  He rejoiced.  What a wonderful example for all of us. Whatever we are going through, we have joy in Christ and can rejoice.  We can encourage and teach others.  We can spread the gospel.  Amen.  Sounds good to us! 
Songs for today – playlist of uplifting and encouraging songs       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQWFzMvCfLE&list=PLaogYA6m1Liv-uePdHWOI-mrtAJJWJCYC
Sunday, February 3 Pastor Tower taught us from Jonah chapter 3 more about God’s compassion for all creation.  Jonah went to Nineveh and told the whole city that God was going to destroy them.  They believed God and put on sackcloth and prayed earnestly for forgiveness.  They recognized that they were evil and believed Israel’s God would do what He said. They also believed that He might hear them and change His mind. God had compassion on them and did not destroy them because of their repentant cries to Him.  They understood the simple message and responded to it.  We hear God’s message — His call to us.  We are without excuse.  Romans 1: 18 + tells us that we know – it is within all of us.  We simply need to choose what answer we will give to God’s call. 
No matter how deeply you’ve gone into sin, when you see God and hear His call, believe and truly repent.  He’ll forgive you, save you, and welcome you into the family of God.  He has compassion on you.  His invitation to come to Him is for ALL people.  What do you say today?  Don’t let doubt and fear keep you from a relationship with God.   
Songs for today:  “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQTnREEtuNk
“Chain Breaker” by Zack Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYjKR69M6U
Sunday, January 25 Pastor Tower spoke about God’s compassion for us. No matter who you are, or what your past involves, God loves you.  He has compassion for you.  Read Psalm 139.  There’s no place where you can hide from God.  Pour out your heart to God, not as a magic genie who will give you what you want (and you can bad mouth Him and say He isn’t real because He didn’t answer your prayer and give you what you asked for) because God is not a genie.  Pour out your heart to a compassionate Father who does what’s best for you, what you need at the time, even if you never know it or see it yourself.  Trust your compassionate Lord. 
If you are a parent, do you always give your child what they want and ask for?  No, because we know that’s not the best thing for the child.  Why expect more from a holy, compassionate God who sees everything, knows everything, and wants only what is best for us in the big picture?  Yes, bad things happen.  It is the way of the world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something good involved too.  Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  You don’t “see” air, but it is there.  You don’t “see” the wind, only the effects of the wind, but it is there.  God is real.  God is there.  God loves you.  God is compassionate toward you.  Come to the cross and put yourself in His hands.  He loves you. 
Song for the day…”Trust His Heart”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWk8DRwDYDc
Sunday, January 20, due to the storm and dangerous road conditions, we did not have a service at DCC.  We pray all of you were safe at home.
For our message to you today, we’d like to show you the way to Christ directly.  In God’s Word, the Bible, He says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NIV)  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23 (NIV) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV) “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NIV) “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9+10 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. ” John 3:16 (NIV) 
If God is calling you, answer His call. Confess that you are a sinner.  Confess that you believe that Christ died for your sins on the Cross and was raised again according to the scriptures.  Confess your belief and need and ask God to come into your life, forgive you, and abide within your heart.  You come just as you are.  Just as you are.  God loves you.  Let Him into your life. 
Songs today–May they bless your day.
“Flawless” by MercyMe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ7EyPTOltw
“Control (Somehow You want me)” by Tenth Avenue North https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPIE3teCXiQ
Sunday, January 13, Pastor Tower was with us.  “Our faith will never be stronger than our willingness to obey God.”  Abraham obeyed God and took his son Isaac to the mountain as a sacrifice.  God stopped him and provided a ram.  Genesis 22: 1-18.  God uses trials  to reveal our hearts to us and to strengthen our faith.  Through our trials, we learn what needs to be fixed.  God is deliberately working in our lives, pruning us to strengthen our faith.  Trials have a purpose, so shine through them and follow God.  He knows what He’s doing. 
“I will follow” by Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgqD_HQQir0
Sunday, January 6, God loves you.  Period.  That’s as simple as it gets.  Come join us and learn more.  Here are some songs to bless your day. 
Compilation of songs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFfztu8-bBQ&index=2&list=PLWvahZRxLnLMSWeULnub0CCeQzvxGM8hB
Sunday, December 30, Christ died for you.  Your sins will be forgiven if you trust in the Lord and seek Him. This doesn’t mean you won’t have consequences for your actions/choices.  One day your life will end.  Do you want to face Christ as your Savior or as your judge?  Forever in heaven or hell?  What is your decision?  It’s time to make a choice.  If you have been reading these, you are seeking.  Choose today where you want to spend eternity.  It’s all real.  All of it.  
“I wish we’d all been ready” from the movie “Left Behind” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKH64nWB8sQ
Sunday, December 23, we had the joy of Pastor Tower’s teachings.  God had things planned out and His timing is perfect. The star the wise men followed was different from any other star. The world was ready for a Savior and God sent forth His Son, which means that Christ already existed.  Christ agreed to be sent to redeem mankind.  Jesus fully paid the price for our sins– yours and mine — so that we could come to the throne of grace because of His sacrifice on the cross.  We have been redeemed – purchased from the curse and power of sin — to become God’s adopted children.  Thank you, Lord!  Thank you.   Merry Christmas everyone!
Sunday, December 16 we had Don Smith come minister to us in music.  He has a ministry of music where he goes around to many nursing homes, etc… and shares the love of Christ with them.  We sang and worshiped for the morning.  So today, here is your ministry in music selections.  May God bless your day and holiday season. 
“He Is” by Aaron Jeffery  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Btc3g0UaU 
“The Savior is Waiting”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJLmdR5gVQ
“Just a Closer Walk with Thee” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Ks49apflE
“Silent Night” sung by Hillsong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNpiQwgStNA 
“The Measure of a Man” by 4HIM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lunaZQltWGY&list=PLADHVOwLnQOVex1Z4dYJVf–8D2H4FGcA 
“Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiGb14tTaH4 
Sunday, December 8, we had David Mexcur teach us from the book of Jonah.  This is a book about God’s grace.  Grace is “unmerited favor of God toward man.”  Basically,  we get something we don’t deserve. God desires us to have this; He gives it to us to respond to His call.  In His grace, God has a plan for us.  He loves us all; He doesn’t love all our choices, beliefs, or actions, but He loves us.  What are we to do with this grace?  Extend it to others.  God is gracious to us; we should be gracious to others.  That’s not always easy as some people just make it hard to be gracious to them, but it’s about God, not us.  When we are gracious to others, we give unmerited favor to them.  That really speaks volumes.  Remember to do this with a good attitude, regardless of the other person’s attitude.  What you are doing is unto the Lord.  Thank you, Lord, for loving us and extending us grace!   Our songs for this week are: 
“Who am I?” Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTaYWoHNfRI 
“Grace greater than all my sin” sung by Don Moen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdENxO6HVo
“He holds the keys” Steve Green  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVIzX1AGMc
I did not mean to forget to post on the Dec. 1st.  We didn’t have services due to the icy road conditions.  I still should have put something here for you.  I apologize.  Forgive me.
Sunday, November 25, we had Gary Ford as our speaker.  As this is the “season of giving,” we spent time looking into what God says about our giving.  Proverbs 14:21 says, “He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.” (NIV)  Our neighbors could be those right beside us, in our neighborhood, our town, our church, our workplace, our world.  There are so many needs out there that it is easy to find a place to give.  Look to God to direct your paths and give in an attitude of love, not expecting anything in return.  Check the place out; ask others about it. There are so many pieces of mail coming at us this time of year that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Give as the Lord directs you, with a happy heart.  Give wisely, seeking wisdom through prayer.  2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (NIV)  During this holiday season, consider your options, help those in need, and show others the love of God through your actions.  Here are a few songs for your today.  God bless. 
“You are God alone” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xPzTSpbYmk
“Revelation Song” by Phillips, Craig, and Dean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsiDukXIeVY  
“Do something” by Matthew West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8
“What faith can do” by Kutless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur6Zznc407U
Sunday, November 18, Pastor Reinhardt spoke to us about suffering.  Many people believe that if they come to Christ, accept Him as Savior, all their troubles will be gone and life will be wonderful.  They are then disillusioned because that isn’t the case.  As you read back on September 2, Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)   Suffering is a part of life.  We can’t get around that.  What we can do is control our reactions to it.  Seek God and find peace in the mist of the challenge.  He is there.  Adversity is a bridge to a deeper relationship with God.  With God’s help you can overcome whatever challenge you are in.  It may take time, it may be painful, but God is there and He does love you.  Following Christ does not mean easy street.  Are you willing to suffer for Christ’s sake?  Are you willing to identify with His life, His suffering, His death? Heaven is real, so is hell.  Choose today where you want to spend eternity.  God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for YOU, to take the burden of YOUR sins, to offer YOU forgiveness and eternal life.  That’s a pretty awesome gift!    Here are a few songs for today.  May they encourage you and bless your day. 
“You say” by Lauren Daigle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZvKJl1kK8g
“Even if” by MercyMe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyLrl0SWe7s 
“I will trust in You” by Laren Daigle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXMPNXXnCls
“Do it again” by Elevation Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B_lnQIITxU 
“Broken Vessels” by Hillsong Worship   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiyYoe678yI
Sunday, November 11, Pastor Dave Reinhardt spoke about planting the love of God. Whether we are planing a church or just reaching out to our neighbors, we are planting God’s love.  You are a part of a blessing of God no matter where you are.  Show the loving kindness of God in all you do. 
Your song for today is “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective Experiment  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcG9HApTC_Q  
Sunday, November 4 we had Pastor Tower return and lead the service.  We read Mark 9: 14-27 and discussed how we don’t have control over everything in our lives.  That’s okay, though, because God does.  Sometimes we put our faith and trust in someone or something other than God.  There is no substitute for the Lord.  Many of us forget our faith and only turn to our Lord as a last resort.  He should be our first resort – our first thought.  God is always working in our lives.  The things that happen to us, He has allowed for a specific reason.  We don’t need to know that reason — we may never know that reason — but He is all-knowing and He used our circumstances for good.  Don’t focus on the problem.  Focus on Christ.  This situation may be in our lives because there is something He wants to revel to us about ourselves, our faith, our relationship with Him.  You must understand that Jesus is not a genie in a bottle giving us everything we ask for and want.  He gives us what is good for us, what we need, and He loves us.  When we accept what God is offering us, we find true peace. 
Your song today is “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.  Enjoy.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaT8Jl2zpI
Sunday, October 21, Pastor Bill Tower was our teacher for the day.  We read Matthew 25: 45-56, as well as many connecting verses from the bible, and discussed how God doesn’t work according to our plans.  He works according to His plans. He knows we are going to fail, but He still loves us.  When things seem all messed up, turn to Him.  He’s got this.  Remember the Cross!  Why would a holy God — God of glory — God of creation — send His won Son to die on the cross at the hands of wicked men – men He was also dying for and offering salvation to?  It is because He loves us.  God’s love does not mean we get everything we want or pray for because sometimes the best answer is NO.  He sees the whole picture.  We see only that instant.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all you ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 5 + 6  
Your song today.  “At the Cross” by Chris Tomlin. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUvpBphq5og  
Sunday, October 14, we had Brian Avery as our speaker.  He focused on John 15 and our relationship with Christ. We can’t produce fruit if we don’t abide in Christ. We abide in Christ through His word.  His word speaks to us, cleans us, molds us, and  makes us into the Christians that produce fruit. Christ wants us to obey Him and His word, but not as slaves; He calls us friends.   
The song for today is “Abide with Me” sung by Matt Maher  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIuC9-4aB7Q .
Another song is “The Fruit of the Spirit” that is designed for kids, but works for us adults too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-hrxEjWxkE
Sunday, October 7, we had the joy of Pastor Reinhardt again.  The sermon centered on I Corinthians 12: 11-25. We are all different parts of the body of Christ.  We need each other and we work together.  We are one in Christ.  It was very encouraging to hear this again and be reminded of how much God loves us.  We had communion as a family.  
Here is your song for today.  I hope it encourages you. “Oceans” by Hillsong United  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBJJJkiRukY 
Sunday, September 30, we were blessed to have Pastor David Reinhardt as our teacher. The sermon centered around reminding us all that God does not forget His promises.  They are true.  They are steadfast.  They can be trusted.  We are to remember this and teach our children and our grandchildren, as well as being an example for the world. Focusing on His promises is a form of daily worship.   We all fail; it’s a fact of life.  We aren’t perfect, but we have a perfect Savior.  Praise God for that!
Come spend Sunday mornings with us as we continue to learn and praise God.  We’d truly love to have you come worship with us.
Here is your song.  Enjoy.  “The Basics of Life” by 4Him.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEGp9SPdtfo
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       
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs
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