Safety abiding in His Presences

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Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

Psalm 91
 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowlera]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”



The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

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“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.


God so Loved

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 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The most quoted verse in the Bible, John 3:16, shows the deepest love of God. How could anyone love so much?  It goes beyond our imagination.  Being human, we cannot fathom this kind of love.  Sure, we would be willing to give our own lives for someone we love, but to give our child’s life for people that hate us and despise us and not even know us?!  That goes beyond our comprehension.  But God’s Word tells:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 & 9
His love goes deeper and His compassion is endless.  For this I am very thankful. Let the love of God fill your heart this day.  Recieve His love.  He loves you more than words can say.
 
 
Sandy Winkler
Music Minister/Secretary


My Refuge 1/31/2017

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Psalm 91: 1 & 2
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the shadow the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God in Him will I trust.”
 
The psalmist knows that when we spend time in the secret place with our LORD, the Most High God, we will find refuge, a place of safety, in Him.  Satan can’t come into His presence. When we are in His presence we are safe from the enemy’s attacks.   Run to Him today, He is waiting with open arms. 
 
Sandy Winkler
Secretary/Music Minister


Believe

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Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the Law of Moses?  Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. (NLT) -Galatians 3:2
 
Christians believe that entrance into Heaven is not gained through acts of good or by keeping commandments (Law of Moses). Instead, when you make the decision to believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, the Holy Spirit enters your heart. This decision gives you eternal life. Have you received the message about Christ?


May All Nations Praise You

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May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. (NLT) -Psalm 67:2-3
It’s so beautiful to know the God we serve is not meant for just one nation, one race, or one language. He is a God who saves everyone. Picture it: different skin-toned hands lifted in praise to God, words spoken in different languages, people from different countries all praising the same God. It’s a glorious sight. To see God’s message of forgiveness reaching far and wide around the world brings honor to those who work to see it spread. May the nations praise you, O God!
 
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SALT

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Salt of the Earth

Salt has been here for thousands of years.  It is mentioned in the Bible.  It is even the main topic of our Health Ministry Bulletin Board this month.  It is a vital component of our body’s make up.

 

The right amount of Salt 
can be beneficial; preserving, improving taste, increasing thirst and adding flavor.   Too much Salt and you will have a spoiled meal, a terrible taste or a failure in preserving food resulting in being too dried out.  Too little Salt and your food will be under-seasoned; under preserved resulting in spoilage. 
 

Salt is important in our physical world and in our food world; but Salt is also important in the Spirit World.

Jesus talked about His followers being “The Salt of the Earth.”, in Matthew 5:13.  As followers of Jesus, we are to “shake out” the Salt of the Gospel everywhere we go.  Sharing the Good News of Jesus and His love to every person; following the example Jesus has given us so that those who are far from God will desire-“crave” a relationship with Jesus.

How do we as Christ Followers accomplish this great mandate?  First, we must be filled with the Spirit and refilled.  It is the Power of God we need to do this.  We must choose-daily to lay anything aside that impairs us from fulfilling our purpose.  It must be Christ that lives in us and not we ourselves.  We must choose to love what God loves. God loves you and me.  To love others, we must love ourselves  We must decrease so that Jesus increases in each of us.  Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.”  We must choose to become “one” with Christ.

In choosing-daily, to allow Christ to live in us,  we can go about “Salting the Earth”.  We can “sprinkle the Salt of Jesus” to all we encounter.  The people will be compelled to come in because our Salt has caused them to crave what or rather who, we have – Jesus!  By following the Spirit, we can deliver the right amount of Salt to those we meet at work, at school, at the grocery store, at the park and everywhere we go.  We can share the Hope, the Help, the Healing, the New Life in Christ with all we encounter because we have encountered Him ourselves.

Go!  Be the ”Salt of the Earth” ! 
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Virginia Stewart, RN  Living Water FCN

 



Anger

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 Anger – a word that seems to be discussed on many different occasions lately.  The media talks about how the political arena is so angry about the way our country seems to be going.  Doctors talk about how we need to be in control of our anger.  The school social workers are looking for ways of dealing with anger in our children.  The work place is training and trying to find answers for our stressful life styles.  Churches are now having security teams at every event.  We even read in our devotions that God’s anger is kindled against unrighteous living.

Psalm 103:8

“ The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

Proverbs 29:8

 “Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.”

    We look at King Saul’s anger how it caused him to lose relationship with his own son.  “Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you?      Anger can divide Family, Friends, Churches, Nations, so how do we handle this emotion that is in all of us.

Proverbs 22:24

 “Do not make friends with a hot tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.”

Provers 29:11

“Fools give full vent to their range, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

Proverbs 14:30

“A heart of peace gives life to the body,

but envy rots the bones.”

 

Proverbs 15:18

“A Hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,

 but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”

Proverbs.  10:12

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrong.”

    Conquering things in our heart that should not be there is a difficult task.  Only in the strength of the Holy Spirit and absorbing the Word of God can we be greater than the one who would like to see us defeated.

Ephesians 4:31

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.”

 

     I don’t know about you but I have much to be forgiven for.  Thank God for mercy.  As difficult as it may be at moments of anger, be still.  Even though your heart and mind are restless in your anger.  Be still and listen.  Lean on Jesus.  Let him take you into his arms and calm you, as you listen to his words of hope, help, and life!

Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
 
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Judy Easom
Pastor’s Wife/Children’s Minister


He is Risen!

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
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HALLELUJAH!!  Jesus is Alive!  What a day that must have been. The disciples and all of Jesus’ followers so lost, sad, fearful and grieving.  They were filled with confusion and doubt.  The man they new was THE KING was now dead.  Now what?  But praise God it did not end IN the tomb, it began OUT of the tomb!!  Imagine there joy when they saw Him alive and well!!  Yes!  He IS THE KING!!  How could they have ever doubted?
 
He was THE KING then and He is THE KING now; risen and alive forevermore!!
May we never forget what He did for us on the cross.
May we remember and live each day in the fullness of His forgiveness and giving our lives to Him.
May we look forward to His soon coming to rule and reign forever and ever!
 
Have a blessed Resurrection Day!!
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Secretary/Minister of Music


True Unity

 

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Endeavouring to  keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit,  just as you were called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  (Ephesians 4:3-6)

Unity is such an important matter.  Many Christians do not really understand the meaning of unity.  Most people think that there is unity when people live peacefully with each other; it is more than that.  Lack of strife is important for true unity but it merely prepares the ground for the growth of true unity.  True unity is not produced by an absence of strife but rather by the presence of a shared common goal.

I guess you are now saying in your mind what does God’s word mean when it speaks of unity or being one?   The answer to this question is simple; they were all of one mind concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We might not necessarily be in agreement on the personal level, but when it comes to the great truth of who Jesus is, why He came, His death, burial and resurrection, we must be in one accord.  We all believed the scripture that foretold His coming. We all are in agreement that we were sinners in need of a Savior and that the only way to the Father was through Jesus Christ.  We were all in one accord waiting for the promise of the Holy Ghost.

True unity will come when our hearts are united together in love and loyalty to our God and we work out our soul salvation.  We are truly united as we stand fast in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel, when we realize that we are all a part of God’s evangelistic team and go about to fulfill our roles in His team.  A team is always stronger than individual.

On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost was given to those who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ they became one in the spirit.

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

(I Corinthians 6:17).  We see, then that being in one accord and one mind can only take place when we are of one spirit.

True Unity isn’t defined by outward conformity, but by the inner witness of the Holy Spirit.  Unity in the spirit is based on truth, and it is the truth that makes us free.

Therefore, any so called unity that is based upon anything other than the absolute truth of the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not only built upon a lie, but also results in bondage.  When division comes in the church it does not begin with those who are full of God’s love.  It begins with those with cold hearts, unholy living, inconsistent actions and neglected prayer life.  But, those who are near to Jesus, wear His likeness and copy His example will bind the church together.
 
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