Sunday, May 31, 2020 God blesses you.  Did you know that?  He has blessing for you too.  He is waiting for you to come to Him.  He has provided the way through Christ. Coming to God doesn’t mean you will have zero challenges in your life.  You will.  We all will.  But those challenges are easier when you have Christ with you.  Blessed hope in Christ.  Blessed joy. 
Today’s sermon is on our Facebook page under videos, along with many others.  May it bless you as you listen to it. 
Song “Walking Miracles” by Matthew West   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuDL75N3qM8  
“The Motions” by Matthew West   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuDL75N3qM8
Sunday, May 24, 2020   Have you ever found yourself saying, “God doesn’t want me.  I’ve been selfish and haven’t done anything good enough for God to want me.  He wants those good people, not people like me.”?  Many have said that.  Many more will say that.  Satan will do anything he can to keep you from a relationship with Christ.  Satan doesn’t want you to see God.  He’ll tell you all kinds of lies to keep you from searching. But God…  what a wonderful expression….But God loves you.  God created you.  God desires a relationship with you.  God loved you so much He sent His Son to die for you.  God loves you so much He has given you free will to receive Him or deny Him.  It is really in your hands.  The reality of it is where you will spend eternity. Will it be in Heaven with God or will it be in Hell with Satan.  It is your choice. Choose.   
Today’s sermon by Pastor Tower is on our Facebook page.  Open your hearts and hear the truth of the scriptures.  May you be blessed.  
Song: “Keep me in the moment” by Jeremy Camp     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb1bx3hYfzg  
Sunday, May 17, 2020  Where do you get your counsel?  From whom do you seek advice?  If it is from the world, then it will be worldly advice full of sin and selfishness.  The best advice is from the Lord.  He will advise you.  He will lead you.  He will guide you.  You need only seek and listen and follow.  “I have set the LORD always before me. Becaue He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, ”  Psalm 16: 8-9a (NIV) 
Go to our home page here. Click on our Facebook link and go to videos.  There you will find Pastor Tower’s lesson for this Sunday,”The Wisest Counsel,”  as well as all the others he has posted for you.  May you be blessed.  
Songs  “Wait” by MercyMe     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxbfyt8Rraw 
“Happy Dance”  by MercyMe     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RlGiTHImKM     
“Dear Younger Me” by MercyMe    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W9P8G_HnNs 
“Alright” by MercyMe    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxZ3igq412c
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Happy Mother’s Day everyone.  We hope you were able to connect somehow with your loved ones today.
Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site. Once you click on Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos.  Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen.
Songs “The Basics of Life” by 4 HIM   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEGp9SPdtfo
Sunday, May 3, 2020  Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site. Once you click on Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos.  Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen.  
Today’s message centers around 2 Corinthians 2.  It deals with restoration of a sinner.  We are all sinners; we know this.  When we repent, we are forgiven.  Christ teaches us this.  Once forgiven, we are fully restored.  As a member of the body of Christ, we should embrace the repented sinner.  Forgive as Christ forgave you. God’s desire and goal is always for reconciliation. 
Song  “Forgiven” by David Crowder   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-SVCdQ2R0     
“Come as your are”  by David Crowder    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HELQyZNnR-g
Sunday, April 26, 2020  Today’s lesson is on Facebook.  You can reach our Facebook page via our homepage on this site.  Once you click Facebook and it opens, you’ll see a list on the left side where you can hit videos. Click that and it will open up to all the messages Pastor Tower has posted.  May the Lord bless you as you listen. 
Today’s message was from 2 Chronicles 21: 11+.  God is keenly aware of all that we are doing, saying, thinking. Nothing gets passed the eyes of God.   In this message, King Jehoram of Judah was Judah’s first wicked king.  He did not follow the ways of the Lord, but caused Judah to do unacceptable things.  The prophet Elijah, from Israel, sent a message to Jehoram.  Jehoram was told that he was going to suffer from a sickness of the bowels until his bowels came out.  He did not repent.  He did not seek God.  He just kept on doing evil.  He never humbled himself before God.  For 2 years he suffered.  Then he died. The bible says in 2 Chronicles 21: 20 “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.  He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”   While in his sin, God reached out.  He warned him, He sought for repentance, but Jehoram refused.   How about you?  Are you refusing God?  If He is calling you, answer Him.  You will never ever regret it.
Song “Shout to the Lord”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5CMSSAx_c      
“Praise You in this Storm”  by Casting Crowns   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgpaULjZOl8 

 

Sunday, April 19, 2020 “How is your heart toward God? Is He really 1st place? Is He on the throne of my heart where He should be, where He belongs?”  “We’re here to glorify God, not Him to give us all we want.”  “Value God because He values you.  Keep Him at the center of all you do.”  “God is not what He does for us.  God is who He is– period.”  “If you see God as a vending machine, then you will be disillusioned when your candy bar doesn’t drop.” 
Today’s message was put on our Facebook page.  Go to this home page and on the left side panel you will see “videos.”  Click on that and it will open you up to several messages. 
Songs:  “You are God alone” by Philips, Craig, & Dean   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xPzTSpbYmk

 

Sunday, April 12, 2020 EASTER We serve a risen Savior!  Amen.  Luke 24: 1-8 (NIV) “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they ddi not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddently two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down wiht their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here’ He is risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still wiht you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered His words.”  
Pastor’s message can be found on our Facebook page. You will find a link to it on our home page here.
Songs:  “Empty Grave” by Zach Williams    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFxmPonKXkQ  
“The God who stays”  by Zach Williams       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPwd_TQpsHY 
“RISEN” by Shawna Edwards, with 55 children      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCQsK1t9EKY 
“It’s about the Cross”  by the Ball Brothers        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYSJj-EHAAk 
“God’s Not Dead” by Newsboys     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_OTz-lpDjw

 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020 May the Lord bless you and keep you.  Be kind.  Love one another.  Stay safe.  Keep your distance physically, but not emotionally.  Contact each other via the phone or video chat.  Check on each other.  Be ye kind, one to another.  Ephesians 4: 32.  Easter is upon us.  Remember, Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and on the third day arose, according to the Scriptures.  
Today’s sermon can be viewed on our Facebook page.  You can find a link on our home page here.
Songs “Up from the grave He arose” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN77HjfAc8k  
“Empty Grave” by Zach Williams   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSw7bmqFwP8

 

Sunday, March 29 As we all continue to stay a social distance apart, we still worship; we still praise God.  For He is in control, whether we “see” it or not.  He still loves us and always will.  1 John 4:9 & 10 (NIV) says: “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Meditate on that today. 
Songs:  “God’s not dead” by Newsboys   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_OTz-lpDjw  
“The Well” by Newsboys   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjZ01FcK0yk  
YOU CAN FIND TODAY’S SERMON ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

Sunday, March 22 Pastor Tower recorded his message from home today as we practice social distancing.  We still honor and worship our Lord Jesus Christ.  We hope this message encourages you today.  It is also on our Facebook page, so if you can’t open it here for some reason, go to our Facebook page and view it there. Bless you.
Message in two parts: https://www.facebook.com/raggedmountainbiblechurch/videos/515852769119124/?t=30
https://www.facebook.com/raggedmountainbiblechurch/videos/653175195483762/?t=3

 

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/

Songs:  “Even if” by MercyMe   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fA35Ved-Y  
“Nobody” by Casting Crowns with Matthew West  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yBzIt_z8oY
Sunday, March 8 Pastor Tower focused on Matthew 26:36 -46.  Jesus was faithful to His task.  In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed three times to God, His father, to remove the cup– the task He was about to do for all mankind.  He did this due to the extreme sorrow, overwhelming sorrow of taking on the sins of all humanity.  Jesus knew exactly what He was sent to earth to do.  He knew what was going to happen, how all the sins of the world would be on Him while He died on the cross, and that God would not be able to look upon Him because of that great sin.  He knew what scripture said about what would happen to Him, about the beatings, the mocking, the spitting, but He willing came anyway to serve God and be the perfect sacrifice.  He didn’t want His Father to have to turn away from Him.   That was heartbreaking.  Yet, Christ still did what He came to earth to do:  He died for you on the Cross.  He accepted your sins.  He accepted your death.  He rose again on the third day and is in heaven waiting for when God will send Him back. How great is that love God had for all of us, that He would send His Son to die for you.  Sin must be paid for — period.  When we die, it’s either heaven or hell for us.  Those who have accepted Christ’s sacrifice have heaven to look forward to.  What about you?  Realize what Christ did for you, accept it, repent, and enter into His grace and mercy.  You are loved. 
Songs:  “How deep the Father’s love for us”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKDujmtyAVk
Sunday, March 1 Pastor Ron Surels, a pastor and missionary, was with us today.  LOVE.  That was the topic today.  In the Greek, there are seven words for “love.”  The three most used ones are eros (selfish, self-centered love), phileo (brotherly, friendship love), and agapa (self-sacrificing, sacrificial love where you put others first).  Christ is God in the flesh loving us so much that He came down from heaven and died for us, carrying the world’s sins with Him.  He rose again three days later, according to the Scriptures, and is in heaven now.  He will come again.  All this was done because of “love.”  The bible tells husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church.  That is total, sacrificial love.  When husbands love their wives like this, wives naturally respond by wanting to do anything for them. Forgiveness is love.  Jesus asked God to forgive those who were putting Him on the cross because they didn’t know what they were doing.  Stephen, when being stoned to death, asked God not to put the stoning on them for punishment. This is forgiveness full of love.  When we accept Christ’s gift of salvation, we accept this love from Him.  We deserve Hell, but when we put our hope in God, accepting His gift of salvation, we get Heaven.  Come visit us on Sunday and learn more.  We’d love to have you.
Songs:  “Nobody love me like You” by Chris Tomlin       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KicvBB2L68
“The change in me” by Casting Crowns     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fUgQuJHBOI 
Sunday, February 23 It’s amazing how each time we read passages from the bible, God gives us new insights.  The bible is the living Word of God.  God reveals himself through His creation.  Romans 1: 18 to the end of the chapter makes that very clear.  Man is without excuse. God places the knowledge of His existence in every human being. We do have free will, though, and can push that knowledge aside because we have a sinful nature.  That doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist.  God believes in you whether or not you believe in Him.  What happens when you’re in big trouble, distressed, in danger?  You pray.  That’s evidence all by itself.  We can continue to harden our hearts, reject God, but God still loves us.  God gives each of us the opportunity to accept His free gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, on the cross.  We need only accept that gift.  What’s stopping you?  Come to church on Sunday and ask questions if you need to do that. 
Songs: “Forgiven” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-SVCdQ2R0
“I choose to follow” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2VXruBFshQ  
“It is well with my soul” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe_qmo3gX4 

 

Sunday, February 9 Today was spent in 1 Samuel 15 and Psalm 51.  Both passages of scripture deal with the responses of two men of God to their sins.  In 1 Samuel, King Saul was told to totally wipe out the Amelikites, young and old, male and female, all the animals.  The prophet Samuel went to him and asked what that sound was.  Saul said he’d done everything God told him to do, and he kept King Agag alive.  He said his soldiers kept the best of all the animals to sacrifice to God.  Again Samuel indicated he didn’t follow through on what God told him to do, and again Saul blamed his soldiers.  He never took repsonsibility for his actions, his choices. He only asked that Samuel come with him to the people so that he still looked good in their eyes, his position and standing with the people, his devotion to himself and how he looks.  In Psalm 51 we read the prayer of King David after the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin of adultery with Bathseba.  David immediately confessed his sin, repented of it, asked for God’s forgiveness and mercy, sought to restore his relationship with God.  When David was confronted, his heart broke.  “Against You and You only have I sinned.”  He had no excuses, no blame shifting, and accepted responsibility for his sin.  How about you?  Are you a David or a Saul? There are two reactions to our sin. The course we choose is according to the condition of our hearts.   God is always ready to accept those with a heart of repentence.  We are all the same flesh, but we’re not the same heart.  Which heart do you have?  Which one do you want? 
Songs: “Listen to our hearts” by Casting Crowns   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxqHo2Pvfm0     
“Loving my Jesus” by Casting Crowns   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnJFGtAXxGs   
Sunday, February 2 Today we spent time in Matthew chapter seven, part of the sermon on the mount.  If you have a red letter bible, that means all the words in red are spoken by Jesus.  Have you ever wondered if you were truly saved?  Have you prayed the sinners prayer and asked Jesus into your heart? Have you received the free gift of salvation?  Did you do so truly wanting a Savior or just wanting a ticket out of Hell?  What’s the evidence?  It is true repentance, true desire for the Lord to be my heart, true worship, true desire to follow Him and serve Him in all you do.  Your evidence is a changed attitude, following what God says in His word.  It is our actions backing up our words — His words.  We aren’t talking to others about the private sins of other people.  We encourage and help others regardless of how they treat us.  The power to overcome our fleshly desire to respond in kind is  to ask ourselves what God would do — what God would want us to do.  Then do it.  If forgiveness is required, then forgive.  How many times has God forgiven you and your sins?  EVERYTIME.  Do so to others. In the Spirit, we can do this.  By our actions, others see Christ.  Jesus can and will change our hearts. Seek Him. 
Song “What if I gave everything?” by Casting Crowns      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP27ySgbYLU
Sunday, January 26 Today we began a series on “What is the Bible?”  It is the infallable reocrd of what God has spoken — of God’s words.  In the Old Testament He spoke through the prophets.  In the New Testament He spoke through His Son, the heir of all things.  God is so much greater than us.  Even our minds cannot fully understand God, and yet, He has spoken to us! He’s interested in each one of us.  He loves us. God’s word is more than just a revealing of the past and the future.  It’s His history.  We know God exists through 1) His word, 2) His creation around us, and 3) through God’s effects around us.  God has spoken and is still speaking to us via the bible.  It’s easy to get busy in our lives and forget this.  God calls us to read His word and meditate on it daily.  He’s revealing Himself to us daily.  We need to listen.  Read. Pray.  Don’t ignore the word of God.  
Songs “Living Word”  by Jeremy Camp   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6-KKBxaFJk    
Sunday, January 19, 2020 Forgive my absence please.  I have a new computer now. 🙂  Pastor Tower has joined our bible teaching fellowship as our interim Pastor, as the Lord has lead him.  Today we spent time in 1 Corinthians 12.  The church body is the people.  It is not a building.  Christ dwells in us.  We are the body.  The body has many parts — ears, eyes, legs, arms, etc… — and all need each other.  It is so with the body of Christ.  We all are a part of the Church, the body, and God has a reason for each and every one of us within the body.  We work together for the Gospel. Everyone is equally important in God’s plan.  When we accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God’s Spirit dwells within us. We need to surrender completely to our Lord, listen to His calling, His direction, pray for each other, and learn by reading His Word.  There is no other relationship that can beat the relationship of brothers and sisters in Christ.  If the Lord is speaking to you, listen.  Answer His call.  Come visit us on Sunday mornings and learn more.  We would love to see you.  
Song:  “We are more than conquerors”  Steven Curtis Chapman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9gg-ntqRzQ  
“Voice of Truth” (scenes from Facing the Giants) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YgfiaLk0kE
“The Well”  Casting Crowns  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5unzXXC0k

 

Christmas Day 2019  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2 11   That ‘s today.  The greatest gift ever given to anyone ever is from God.  His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  He was born to take our place in death for our sins — OUR sins — not His, for Christ is perfect; yet He willingly died on the cross, a perfect sacrifice, for all of us — catch that ALL of us.  He paid the price for all our sins, past, present, and future, and was buried three days according to the scriptures. He rose on the third day victorious and is alive in heaven at God’s right hand waiting for us.  What a wonderful gift.  Accept it. Merry Christmas. 
Sunday, December 8 Pastor Tower spoke about God’s use of trials in our lives.  Remember, He allows things to happen and there is a reason for each one.  Others watch us to see how we live out our faith, how we respond to difficulties. Our response should always be to glorify God regardless.  Pray always to God about what you are going through.  Yes, He knows already, but He still wants us — tells us — to pray specifically about each situation.  Focus on God, not the problem. 
Happy holidays to all of you. 
Songs: “O Holy Night”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cmmTvm8ADY
Sunday, December 1 Pastor Tower taught from Hebrews 13.  We went over the job of a pastor.  1) Follow God; true to all that is in God’s word.  2) Speak the truth about what God’s word says.  3) Be a student of God’s word always.  4) Watch over the souls under his charge.  5) Lead and guide in God’s way.  6) Take care of God’s church, watching our and caring for the spiritual welfare and growth of the church. 7) Speak and teach the word of God; never lose sight of this.  8) Be the example to the flock of his personal faith.   These are important aspects and characteristics of a Pastor.   
Song: “Basics of Life”  by 4Him  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEGp9SPdtfo&t=4s  
Sunday, November 24 Pastor Tower taught about Christ’s sacrifice.  What are we really thankful for these days?  A roof?  A meal?  A friend?  A job?  Memories?  As a Christian, we should always be thankful for God’s word and for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for everyone’s sins.  Yes, we sin.  Everyone sins and have been sinning since Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree God specifically told them not to eat from.  When God questioned Adam, he blamed God for the sin because it was the woman God gave to Adam that gave Adam the fruit.  When God questioned Eve, she blamed the serpent that tricked her.  We are no different.  We blame others, blame society, blame the weather, blame whatever we can so that it doesn’t look like we screwed up.  We sin.  Even in all of this, though, God provided a perfect sacrifice to take away our sins, and that was His Son, Jesus Christ.  God’s word tells us all about the sacrifice He blamed throughout the entire bible.  It starts in Genesis (the first book of the bible) chapter 3.  If you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal Savior yet, what are you waiting for?  Ask yourself that question and see what the answer is. 
Songs:  “Count your blessings”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxbQO3XRMQc 
“People need the Lord”  by Steve Green  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU7jSXhVA6U
“Jesus paid it all”  by Newsboys  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs05AtP2wd8

 

Sunday, November 17 Pastor Tower taught about forgiveness.  1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”  What joy there is in this verse!  What peace we get when we obey and confess!  What keeps us from doing it though?  Refusal to believe — fear of believing — pride.  Our closeness with the Lord is  affected when we don’t confess our sins to Him and to the others we have sinned against.  We wonder how God could possibly forgive us for the things we’ve done.  He doesn’t mean me, you tell yourself.  Oh, but He does.  Sin separates us from God and He wants us with Him.  Others won’t believe because they see those “Christians” doing wrong, being hypocrites, thus that “God stuff” isn’t worth it.  Oh how wrong this is.  Just because one is a Christian doesn’t mean that he/she won’t do wrong things and sin.  Christians aren’t perfect; they’re forgiven.  Christians still have to deal with the consequences of their actions, just like everyone else.  The difference is the peace they have when they confess  to God and seek His forgiveness.   You can have that too.  Believe in the Lord.  Believe that God sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for YOU; to pay the price for all your sins.  Believe that He rose again and is in heaven now, just as the scriptures says.  Confess that you need Him to save you and you will be saved.  Join us on Sunday and learn more about your decision for Christ.  We’d love to have you.
Songs: “Nothing but the blood of Jesus”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYjhGeAIG6k
“In Christ alone”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kvFtXphmMU 
“10,000 reasons”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM
Sunday, November 10 Pastor Tower taught from 2 Corinthians 7.  We are the holy temple of the living God.  God indwells us.  He’s a personal God.  We have a personal relationship with Him. Amen. We are His people. He is our Father, a loving, caring, close relationship Father.  Since we belong to Him, we represent Him to those around us.  What message are we sending?  If you know it is wrong, don’t do it.  Repent of those things you should’t have done.  Seek forgiveness and live new.  Come join us on Sunday mornings and learn more.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs: “Lord, I need You” by Chris Tomlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE
“Here I am to worship” by Chris Tomlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rR_Rdb1CTE 
“The Savior is waiting”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHJLmdR5gVQ
Sunday, November songs for today.
“We gather together” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJYmPbxlXgo
“Be thou my vision” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihJAJA4ibEs
“Trust in You” (Lauren Daigle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs
Sunday, October 27 we had both Pastor Tower and Christine Sears, a missionary who serves in Germany.  Christine showed us a wonderful slide show of churches that were planted and mission groups she is involved in.  She discussed how she reaches people for Christ and reminded us that we are missionaries in our own everyday lives.  Pastor Tower taught us about how God uses things in our lives to prepare us for what is to come.  We don’t know what’s up ahead, but God does, and we need to trust Him always.  He’s sees all, knows all, and will take care of things.  Some things are tough to deal with, but even in the toughness, God is in control.  Trust Him.  Remember that Satan is a powerful enemy who is opposing God and us.  How often we blame God when things don’t go the way we thought they should, as if “we” know what is best for us.  Study God’s word and you’ll see that God does not work randomly.  He always has a purpose. 
Song: “God is in control”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVMU-viTHIw 
Sunday, October 20 Pastor Tower was with us. We are all sinners.  Doing enough good things does not offset the bad things we’ve done.  That’s hard to swallow sometimes, but it is the truth.  Christ already paid the price for all your sins and failures.  He alone was the only perfect sacrifice that could do that.  He died for you and was raised again.  He wiped away your sins.  He gave you a new heart.  He gave you a new life in Christ.  He made you His own dear child.  It was a free gift.  All we have to do is accept the gift and life a Christ centered life.  That’s it.  We can’t deserve it.  We can’t earn it.  We can’t pay for it.  It’s free.  Do you have peace in your heart about God today?  Everything that could possibly stand up against us has been nailed to the cross.  AMEN! Your soul is eternal.  Where are you planning on spending eternity?  Heaven?  Hell?  Do you hear this?  Do you understand it in your heart?  Is God speaking to you?  Answer Him.  Tell Him you understand that you are a sinner.  Accept His free gift of salvation.  Turn your life over to Him.  Need guidance?  Need a place to worship?  Need a place to learn more about your new found faith?  Come worship with us.  We’d love to have you. 
Songs:  “Freely, Freely You have received” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo3MGpcBC5M
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DdgkvnsHjM
“It is well with my soul”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHe_qmo3gX4
“Victory in Jesus” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ajtJtNXF4
Sundays, October 6 and 13 we had Gary Ford lead us in a discussion of things we learned as a new Christian that still need to be paid attention to in our everyday lives.  We forget things due to the “noise” in our lives, and we need to return daily to God’s word and He will help us.  Christ paid for our sins on the cross; accept this gift and allow Him to help you.  We also had David Mexcur, missionary for The Crescent Project with us.  We spent our time learning about being a peacemaker.  In Matthew 5, we have the Beatitudes, blessings from God.  The peacemaker’s job is hard, but worth it.  There are many verses in the Bible concerning peace.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6 & 7 NIV 
Songs: “Only You can” by Jeremy Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkCqVccv19E
“The God who stays” by Matthew West  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHMVSdIjBcg
Sunday, September 29 Pastor Temple joined us and continued with his teachings on people in the Bible who can teach us.  He began with Noah and “don’t short change things,” then Naomi and “look at God’s perspective,” Eliezer and “work the problem by praying the problem,” and today was Abigail and “what it takes to be God’s servant to all.”  Abigail was married to a “fool” who treated David’s men with rudeness and contempt. This behavior concerned a servant who went to Abigail for help so that they all wouldn’t be killed by David and his men.  Abigail went straight to work to deal with the situation.  She demonstrates how to be a good servant of God by having 1) a sympathetic ear, listening with her heart, 2) a sensitive heart, heard and responded, 3) a steady mind, not going to pieces, 4) a sacrificial spirit, willing to sacrifice for others, 5) sincere compassion, and 6) a strong faith.  Because of her actions, all her people were spared, David was spared from making a mistake, and God was honored.  When we have someone who needs our help, we should consider following Abigail’s example, put them before ourselves, and honor God in all we do. 
Song: “Make me a servant” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6U8O_WnPZY
Sunday, September 22 Pastor McLeod joined us and spent his time in Judges 6.  Everyone tends to get frustrated from time to time.  It’s what we do when we are frustrated that makes the difference.  Israel was not following God again.  They were being disciplined and things were uncomfortable.  Their fields were being ruined by their enemies, leaving them nothing.  God then called Gideon to rescue the Israelites.  How about us?  Are there times when you have upset God and He’s had to speak harshly to you?  Gotten that wake up call?  It’s easier, so we think, to walk with the crowd, but it is not God’s way for us.  Ask yourself if you are allowing Him to be in control.  If the answer is no, then you know the problem and you can fix it.  Surrender to God, seek forgiveness of sins, put your trust in Him and follow His lead.  Don’t try to fix things yourself; that’s probably why you’re in this position to begin with.  Don’t get upset with God because things aren’t going your way, or because you’ve asked Him why something is being allowed in your life and He hasn’t answered.  There are many times when it is just not for us to know.  Trust God.  Trust His character.  Put your hope in Him. 
Songs: “In His time”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWD8-yMKczI
 “Trust and obey” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVMwnWoqYnc
“This is the way”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJxyQAhViwM
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.  
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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