SUNDAY - APRIL 23RD, 2017 -
TODAY IS THE LORD'S DAY! LET'S REMEMBER TO KEEP IT HOLY - LET'S BE LIKE JESUS AND FIND OURSELVES IN GOD'S HOUSE WORSHIPPING, PRAISING AND THANKING HIM FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS. WE DON'T GO TO CHURCH TO BE SAVED AND THEN QUIT, BUT WE GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED. ATTENDING CHURCH EACH WEEK, WITH OTHER BELIEVERS IS ESSENTIAL IN FULFILLING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, AND OUR CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT. OUR PASTOR HAS A SAYING THAT IF YOU'RE IN GOD'S HOUSE ON SUNDAY, THEN YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE. ARE YOU GOING TO BE "EXACTLY" WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE? THOSE WHO DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY, RUN THE RISK OF FAILING IN THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK. HERE'S THE QUESTION; CAN YOU MAINTAIN YOUR CHRISTIANITY AND DEVELOP A SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT BY NOT ATTENDING CHURCH WITH OTHER BELIEVERS? IT'S A FACT, WE CANNOT DO THAT ALONE. . . WE NEED EACH OTHER. SEE YOU IN CHURCH!
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THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONS ARE ABOUT - GOD'S PROMISES!
THIS WEEK OUR DEVOTIONS WILL FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BELIEVING GOD AND TAKING HIM AT HIS WORD WHEN IT COMES TO HIS PRECIOUS PROMISES.
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MONDAY - APRIL 24TH - "GOD'S PROMISES-THEY ARE TRUE"
Do you know someone who makes a lot of promises, but has a very bad track record for keeping them. In fact, It would be safe to say that most everyone is batting a ZERO in the promise keeping department. There is one that will never keeps his promises. he has lots of different names and titles but this describes him well: "'He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.'" (John 8:44)
Guess who? Satan, the devil, the enemy of our soul. What does he promise? Well, he promised Eve she would be like God if she ate the forbidden fruit and we know what she landed instead: expulsion from the Garden and a curse. He promises that we can sin without consequences and be satisfied with worldly things that can never satisfy but will in fact destroy you.
On the other hand, who truly does delivers on promises? It’s the one who said: "'I am the way, and the truth, and the life.'" (John 14:6) Jesus Christ is the promise keeper - always.
Seems like a no brainer: believe the promise keeper, discard the promise breaker. why would we ever listen to the one who is a liar and the father of lies? Perhaps we fail to discern to whom we are listening before we believe a promise.
Here's a mighty and encouraging truth: if we listen only to the right one (our heavenly father) we will never have to face a broken promise!
TUESDAY - APRIL 25TH - "GOD'S PROMISES- HE WILL SUPPLY OUR NEEDS"
in Philippians 4:19 - Paul encourages us with this: "And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." How often have we held to that scripture?
Yet today the word "needs" seems to be the one that jumps off the page. “NEEDS” in contrast to “WANTS.” there are so many things that we often mistake for needs. In fact, there have been times in life when we actually had no idea what we really needed, but yet God knew and that is what was supplied.
God knows that we need character in addition to food and shelter. He knows that we need refining in desert places so we will more appreciate the blessings of the lush meadow. He knows we need to prepare for eternity in addition to our daily provision here on earth.
Sometimes when we don't see an overflowing supply of his "riches in glory" we ought to hold off on the disappointment or frustration. Was this a need or a want? God is trustworthy and he knows the difference. He will supply it, just as he promised.
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 26TH - "GOD'S PROMISES- MAKING US STRONG AGAIN"
"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength." (Isaiah 40:31)
In order to need strength renewed it must have been drained away. DOESN’T THAT APPLY TO SO MANY TODAY?
What is so encouraging is the simplicity of the solution. WE don't have to do anything except wait; GOD will do all the work and OUR strength will return. How that all happens seems like a miracle and a mystery, but WE DOn’T NEED to try to figure it out.
HERE’S the promise of the Lord that follows when strength returns. "They will mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
Are you weary? WELL Now, you have your marching orders, and it will be the easiest duty you will ever pull. Do nothing except wait on the Lord. Just watch - we'll be strong again in no time.
THURSDAY - APRIL 27TH - "GOD'S PROMISES -GRACE FOR EVERY GOOD DEED"
The Christian way of life is a pretty high calling. Truth is, dying to ourselves so we can serve other people like Jesus taught us is near impossible by human standards. But God beckons us… so there must be a way.
What would it be like to be over-qualified for ministry rather than always running on empty? people talk about ministering to others out of the saucer rather than the cup. Imagine a teacup so full that iT spills over into the saucer. As long as that's the case there will always be enough to share.
Scripturally, there’s a passage to back that up. It gives hope that we can all fulfill our highest call. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says: "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed."
ALL GRACE. …that's what we all need. Grace when we don't feel like it. Grace when we’re too tired. Grace when we’re broken. Grace that overlooks the ugly. Grace to give grace instead of judgment or criticism.
We need to seek God's grace because it’s what we need. But we must realize WHY grace is promised to be so readily available. It isn't there so our lives will be more comfortable. It’s there to make us aware that without god, we’re hopeless.
We shouldn't hesitate to request grace from God. It's there for the asking. Just remember why: an abundance for every good deed.
FRIDAY - APRIL 28TH - "GOD'S PROMISES-ARE FOR THE WEARY"
There are many passages in GOD’S Word that are a healing balm
Do you need comfort right now? HERE ARE some of GOD‘S PROMISES:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)
"This I know, that God is for me." (Psalm 56:9)
"When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the Lord is the One who holds his hand." (Psalm 37:24)
"Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken." (Psalm 55:22)
"Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him." (Isaiah 64:4)
Those are good for openers. Of course there's much more where that came from. SEARCH GOD’S HOLY WORD FOR HIS PROMISES THAT ARE TRUE.
Final thoughts FOR THE WEEK
THANK GOD FOR YOUR MANY BLESSINGS DURING THIS PAST WEEK! ATTEND CHURCH THIS SUNDAY, IT WILL BE GOOD.......
SATURDAY - APRIL 29TH, 2017 - "LET'S MAKE PLANS!"
LIGGETT BAPTIST CHURCH INVITES YOU. . .
SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST . . .THEN MORNING WORSHIP
. . .JUST REMEMBER THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU "ALL" WEEK TO DO WHATEVER YOU PLEASED, AND ALL HE ASK IS JUST ONE DAY THAT YOU SET ASIDE SOME TIME TO COME FOR A VISIT TO HIS HOUSE. COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING - HE'S BEEN GOOD TO YOU. . .CAN YOU NOT RETURN THE FAVOR? THIS WEEKEND IS A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR YOU TO WORSHIP THE LORD!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! AND DON'T FORGET BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU!
OUR CHURCH WAS NOMINATED TO ASSIST OUR UPPER CUMBERLAND ASSOCIATION WITH THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. SO. . . AS BEING HEAD OF THAT DEPARTMENT, OUR CHURCH WILL PROMOTE SUNDAY SCHOOL TO THE FULLEST, NOT ONLY IN OUR CHURCH, BUT IN ALL THE CHURCHES THAT ARE IN OUR ASSOCIATION. AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE A DECLINE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, WE MUST REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL REALLY IS TO OUR CHRISTIAN WALK OF LIFE. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY EACH PERSON THAT ATTENDS CHURCH, SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, AND NOT JUST THE WORSHIP SERVICE ONLY. HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY THAT YOU, IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY, NEED TO BE ATTENDING SUNDAY SCHOOL.
1. SUNDAY SCHOOL FULFILLS A VITAL FUNCTION IN HELPING THE CHURCH REACH ITS MISSION.
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL MOBILIZES THE CHURCH FOR EVANGELISM.
3. A MISSION IS BEST ACCOMPLISHED IN THE CONTEXT OF SMALL GROUPS - HENCE: SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES.
4. SUNDAY SCHOOL GIVES CHILDREN A SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE.
5. SUNDAY SCHOOL EQUIPS THE SAINTS TO DO THE WORK OF A MINISTRY.
6. MOST IMPORTANTLY, SUNDAY SCHOOL DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP FOR THE CHURCH. SUNDAY SCHOOL IS WHERE YOU LEARN FROM A BIBLICAL LESSON ALL ABOUT GOD'S WORD AND WHAT IT SAYS TO EACH ONE OF US.
SO YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL IS FOR YOU? YOU MAY ASK, "WHAT BENEFIT IS SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ME?" HERE'S THE WAY YOU CAN FIND OUT - JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO TRY IT. THEN YOU MAKE THE DECISION!
BECAUSE HE LIVES!
SUPPOSE JESUS CHRIST HAD NOT RISEN FROM THE DEAD. WHERE WOULD THAT LEAVE US? WHAT ASSURANCE WOULD WE HAVE ABOUT ANYTHING IN LIFE? OUR CONFIDENCE? OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT DEATH? OUR HOPES? OR EVEN ABOUT EXISTENCE AFTER THIS LIFE - HOW WOULD IT ALL BE AFFECTED?
OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, HIS RESURRECTION WOULD SEEM RATHER MEANINGLESS, AS FAR AS YOU'RE CONCERNED. AND GOD KNEW THAT JESUS' RESURRECTION WOULD RAISE MANY QUESTIONS. HOWEVER, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS: DO YOU BELIEVE HE HAS RISEN?
THIS MEANS THAT IF THE RESURRECTION HAD NOT OCCURRED, OUR FAITH WOULD BE EMPTY AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL, BECAUSE AS BELIEVERS, OUR HOPE EXTENDS BEYOND THIS LIFE, BECAUSE JESUS HAS TRULY RISEN FROM THE DEAD. THE TOMB IS EMPTY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, JESUS HIMSELF TOLD OF HIS RESURRECTION. EVERYTHING HE PROMISED OR PREDICTED HAS COME TO PASS JUST AS HE SAID IT WOULD. THE FACT THEN, THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD GIVES US THE ABSOLUTE, UNQUESTIONABLE FOUNDATION FOR EVERYTHING ELSE WE BELIEVE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS, THAT WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR GOD IS ALIVE. JESUS WAS NOT SIMPLY SOME PREACHER OR TEACHER, BUT HE CLAIMED TO BE THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. IN FACT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS HE CAME - TO REVEAL THE HEAVENLY FATHER, SO WE COULD UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS LIKE. YOU MIGHT WONDER, IF CHRIST IS ALIVE, THEN WHAT IS HE DOING? HE IS SEATED AT THE FATHER'S RIGHT HAND, INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF. HE IS A LIVING GOD WHO CARES, LOVES, PROTECTS, AND HEARS OUR PRAYERS. HE IS A FORGIVING LORD, WHO IS CONTINUALLY ADVOCATING ON OUR BEHALF, AND WHAT'S MORE IS, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US WHO BELIEVES IN HIM . HE IS A RISEN SAVIOR WHO ALSO PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES, THOUGH HE WAS GOING AWAY, HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM LIKE ORPHANS, BUT JESUS ASSURED THEM HE WOULD SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH AND GUIDE EACH OF HIS FOLLOWERS UNTIL HE RETURNED. TODAY EVERY SINGLE BELIEVER IS INDWELT WITH THE SPRIT OF GOD, STARTING THE MOMENT HE OR SHE RECEIVES JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. ANOTHER GREAT PROMISE OF THE SCRIPTURES IS THE MOST BELOVED VERSE OF THE BIBLE - JOHN 3:16 - "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE." THAT MEANS FOREVER. IRREVOCABLE 100% SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE RISEN SAVIOR. BECAUSE HE LIVES AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD, WE KNOW THAT HE WILL RAISE US, TOO, SO THAT WE CAN LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER. THAT IS WHY WE SING, "HALLELUJAH, CHRIST AROSE!" HE IS OUR RISEN SAVIOR!
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL HAPPEN. IT IS PLAGUED BY MANY FALSE TEACHINGS. MANY PREDICTION BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN SAYING THE EXACT DAY WHEN JESUS' RETURN WILL BE. A MOVIE RECENTLY RELEASED, DECLARED THAT THE YEAR 2012 WILL BE WHEN JESUS WILL RETURN AND THE WORLD WILL END. THESE BOOKS AND MOVIES HAVE MISLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN; NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN. ONLY GOD, THE FATHER, KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF HIS SON, JESUS WILL HAPPEN. JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, "NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THAT DAY OR HOUR, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER (MATTHEW 24:36, 40, 42). THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD KEEP WATCH. WE CAN EITHER STAY IDLE AND SIMPLY WAIT FOR JESUS' RETURN OR WE CAN BE PREPARED AND READY. THIS IS DONE BY KNOWING WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS AND COMPARING THEM TO WHAT WE SEE IS HAPPENING TODAY AND TOMORROW, NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THERE ARE OVER 100 BIBLE PASSAGES THAT DISCUSS THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. HIS FIRST COMING WAS IMPORTANT, BUT FAR MORE IMPORTANT IS HIS SECOND COMING; WHY? LET'S LOOK AT THE WORD S..E..C..O..N..D.. S-SUDDEN - ONLY THE FATHER IN HEAVEN KNOWS THE VERY SECOND AND CORRECT TIME THAT HIS SECOND COMING WILL TAKE PLACE. IT WILL BE SUDDENLY. . . QUICKLY - JUST AS A LIGHTENING FLASH ACROSS THE SKY, OR THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE....IT WILL BE SUDDEN. E-ESSENTIAL - THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL BE ONE OF THE MAIN PILLARS OF CHRISTIAN FAITH. JESUS WILL COME AGAIN AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, IN ALL HIS GLORY FOR THE FINAL JUDGMENT. C-CHRIST'S FINAL JUDGMENT - AS THE BIBLE SAYS, JESUS WILL BE THE FINAL JUDGE OF THE WORLD. O-OBVIOUS - IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THIS EARTH. AND ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUE CHRISTIANS. THOSE WHO LIVE BY A SET OF IDEALS THAT THINK THEY CAN ENTER HEAVEN BY THEIR GOOD DEEDS WILL OBVIOUSLY NOT. THE BIBLE PLAINLY EXPLAINS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND LIFE ETERNAL IS ONLY BY ACCEPTING JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR. N-NO ONE KNOWS - NO ONE KNOWS THE EXACT TIME AND DAY THAT THE LORD WILL RETURN. GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME. TIME REALLY DON'T MATTER TO HIM. WE SHOULD NOT BE DECEIVED IN THINKING OR BELIEVING THAT ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF KNOWS THE VERY HOUR OF JESUS' RETURN. D-DOUBTERS BEWARE - AS THE TIME DRAWS EVER SO CLOSE TO HIS SECOND APPEARING, THERE WILL BE INCREASING AND WIDESPREAD DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER JESUS WAS EVEN REAL. PEOPLE WILL START WONDERING IF GOD REALLY EXISTS. DON'T GIVE IN TO DOUBT, REMAIN TRUE AND FAITHFUL AND GREAT WILL BE YOUR REWARD. THIS IS ONLY A GUESS, BUT HIS IMMENSE LOVE FOR US ALL IS MAKING HIM PUT IT OFF FOR YET ANOTHER DAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? WILL IT BE THEN? ARE YOU READY? AS EACH DAY CLOSES AND WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR HIS RETURN YET ANOTHER DAY, HE IS GIVING US PRECIOUS TIME TO MAKE SURE WE'RE READY? PLEASE. . . BE READY AND WAITING!
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TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL “NO EXCUSE” SUNDAY. HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE WILL DO TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.
1. COTS WILL BE PLACED IN THE FOYER FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “SUNDAY IS MY ONLY DAY TO SLEEP IN.”
MURINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH TIRED EYES FROM
WATCHING T.V. TOO LATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
WE WILL HAVE STEEL HELMETS FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “THE ROOF
WOULD CAVE IN IF I EVER CAME TO CHURCH.”
STEEL-TOED SHOES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT
THEIR TOES STEPPED ON.
BLANKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE CHURCH IS
TOO COLD AND FANS FOR THOSE WHO SAY IT IS TOO HOT.
WE WILL HAVE HEARING AIDES FOR THOSE WHO SAY “THE PREACHER
SPEAKS TOO SOFTLY” AND COTTON FOR THOSE WHO SAY HE PREACHES TOO LOUDLY.
FOR THOSE WHO USUALLY GO FISHING ON SUNDAY, INSTEAD OF COMING
TO WORSHIP, THE BAPTISTERY WILL BE STOCKED WITH BASS AND BLUE GILL, (BRING
YOUR OWN POLE).
SUNGLASSES WILL BE IN THE PEWS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THE LIGHTS
ARE TOO BRIGHT AND MINITURE FLASHLIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY CAN’T SEE
TO READ THE HYMNALS
THE AUDITORIUM WILL BE DECORATED WITH BOTH CHRISTMAS
POINSETTAS AND EASTER LILIES FOR THOSE WHO ONLY ATTEND CHURCH TWICE A YEAR.
SCORE CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LIST THE
WILL BE T.V. DINNERS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY HAVE TO STAY HOME FROM
CHURCH AND COOK.
12. SOME RELATIVES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE, FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY LIKE TO GO VISITING ON SUNDAY.
FINALLY, TIME CLOCKS WILL BE INSTALLED FOR
THOSE WHO LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR TIME SPENT FOR GOD.
THOSE WHO LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR TIME SPENT FOR GOD.
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