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With Benefits!

Do you use those deals that come with benefits?  Often travel packages bring benefits like--"stay 4 nights and get 2 FREE meals"!  Or the credit card company encourages you to charge $500.00 now and get 6 months of no interest charges.  Wow, we like those benefits!
   When was the last time you considered the benefits package you have received from the Lord?  Psalm 103:2 reads:
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."  Benefits come from the Lord Jesus every day, and we do not deserve all his graciousness.  His benefits are too numerous to count!  Certainly no earthly package can bring us unshakable peace, holy guidance, and every little or big blessing.
   As humans we have the tendancy to get trapped into our gripes!  We focus on the high costs of food, delays in the traffic, or noise from our neighbors.  We might waste hours thinking about our frustrations.  Maybe we could try to let gratitude over-flow from our humble hearts and count those benefits from the Lord.
  When you start counting the benefits, share them with others.   Get others on the "new track" of praising, rather than on the path of gripes.  
   Prayer:  Change my heart, O Lord.
 

Don't Be A Stranger

Don't Be A Stranger to God!
  God does not want us ever to shrug him to the side.  Our God wishes for us to move on from the "land of content" to the  obedient "kingdom worker".  The "kingdom worker" recognizes faith and obedience belong together.  That a close relationship with God helps us keep believing, and our faith response is being obedient, and serving others for Christ sake.  Imagine a coin with faith on one side, and obedience on the other side.   This is a whole coin!  Now split the coin edgewise, and you have now destroyed both sides and render the whole thing valueless.   The coin is not intended to be split.  
  Child of God, do you have a holy longing?   Are you really feeling "content" is just not doing it?  Talk to God, He hears your longings and requests.  Plus, the other good news is that God is consistent with Himself.  God will always be Himself with YOU.   When you return to Him,daily, you are investing wisely!  Others don't know all of your potential, but God has it perfectly placed it in you.
  Don't be a stranger to God, seek, seek and seek.  

Quotes

QUOTES TO PONDER TODAY...

JESUS SAVES!

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
   - John Holmes

"A GRATEFUL mind is a great mind."  (from Uncle Ben's Quote book)

"Between dreaming of tomorrow and regretting yesterday, there's little time left doing anything today." (from Uncle Ben's Quote book)

"Few love to hear of the sins they love to act." (from Uncle Ben's Quote book)

 

 

Family in Worship Together

Thoughts on Family Worship

   God wants ALL of us to love Him, thoughtfully, passionately, and with our whole heart. Worship is a time we can express our affection for God. Worship is a time we give back to God. Have you realized the value of this worship time with your family? On Sunday morning? Or other special times?    In our fast pace society there are fewer things family is doing together. Even meal time becomes a challenge. Sadly, great conversations are often had at the dinner table, and so many of these opportunities are being missed. So let’s focus on the central most important thing a family can do together each week—attend worship at their church together! One of the greatest benefits of family worship is the actual passing on of our faith to the next generation. We are teaching our children how to read the Scriptures, pray, confess their sins, sing unto God, and much more. By participating with us in our worship, they are building a strong foundation, and making their relationship with the eternal one even stronger.      Children watch everything carefully. One little guy named Sam when asked about his Daddy commented, “I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big”!   Do you think he wants to be like Daddy because Daddy worships God?   We can hope and pray, that the family together at worship causes little Sam to be LIKE Daddy, loving the Lord. 
   Anyone who brings family (of any age) to worship is actively helping to pass on the faith.   The Lord asks us to "pass it on", so that all may worship Him!

Keeping Records that can Serve as your Witness!

The people in the Bible sometimes would build memorials to the mighty acts of God in their history.  They put up stones of rememberance, and built permanent records in rock that would serve as witnesses to their children and grandchildren, for what God had done for them.  Christians in the past kept journals of their spiritual experiences with Jesus.  All of this leads to the question, are we keeping diaries of the prayers we have had answered or journaling how our spiritual growth is happening?  Could our children or other family members benefit from our efforts in recording our journey with Jesus?  Many things come to mind which you can record.  Perhaps record weekly insights from your worship time.  Record how God worked during time of sickness in your life.  Share the joyous occasions you were blessed with!  Explain the peace you have felt from the Lord. All of this will soon give you a book of "witness" to share and pass on to family or friends.  Don't forget to include dates!  The Lord in His mysterious ways often uses special dates.  Think about giving time to writing down your spiritual journey.  Think about what the ripple effect could be!  God is doing great things and He is quite precise on the details. AMAZING!

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Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 10:45 AM

Sunday School 9:30 AM
Fellowship 10:15-10:45 AM

 

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740-393-2576 

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Loving God our Father!

When you turn to the Lord Jesus you delight his heart!   You know the feeling when someone rushes forward to greet you with a smile and hug.  You feel so loved and acknowledged!   Perhaps that's how God feels when we call on his name in worship and prayer, acknowledging him as our heavenly Father and honoring him above all else.