Morning Worship - October 19, 2014
For some, living the Christian life has been reduced to a list of Do's and Don'ts. For legalistic Christians, the list includes "Don't drink, don't smoke, don't go to movies, don't play cards, don't dance". Some have fallen into the trap of thinking the more restrictive the rules, the more spiritual we become. So more restrictive rules come along such as "No mixed swimming, no shorts above the knee, no rock music, no TV," etc. Over the years, others legalistic battles in churches include the use of guitars and drums in worship; women wearing slacks; men's hair over the ears, etc. In some ways, it is easier to live up to a man-made standard of legalistic righteousness than living by faith. Yet God's Word has always required a response of the heart. Legalism only requires outward conformity. The Lord desires to change our inner being, not just have us conform to external standards. Some legalists would rather surrender control of their souls to rules than run the risk of living in union with Jesus. We will be considering the threat of legalism during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
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Morning Worship - October 12, 2014
We must be careful that we do not allow self-imposed rules to become the essence of Christian living. Living the Christian life must not become a long list of "Do's and Don'ts". Beware of practices that conform the external person, yet do not change the heart. Nor is the Christian life a matter of living for Jesus through our own efforts or strength. The Christian life is not a matter of imitation, but of realization. We realize that Jesus lives in us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. We are not striving to imitate Jesus through our own strength. We are by faith believing He lives in us and through us. A Christian is not a religious sinner trying to gain God's approval. We are Born Again saints manifesting the life of Christ through the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Self-improvement efforts to attain righteousness will never be enough to make us right with God. Only faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus can make us New Creations. Keeping rules will not make you right with God nor are rules the essence of living the Christian life. We will be considering the essence of Christian living during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - October 5, 2014
Many fairy tales end with the words - "And they lived happily ever after". Most people today would like to live "happily ever after". Have you ever noticed that most prosperity, or positive thinking, preachers give the impression that if you just "Come to Jesus, you will live happily ever after? Come to Jesus and you will experience health, wealth and happiness." One of the most misunderstood Bible verses quoted by Christians and prosperity preachers is Jeremiah 29:11 — "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" This verse is often used to promise good fortune to Christians, but Jeremiah 29:11 is addressed to the Israelite exiles in Babylon and it would be 70 more years before they would return to their homeland. The Bible does not promise that we will live happily ever on this earth after we receive Jesus by faith as our Savior, Lord and Life. This verse is not a promise to Christians, but a promise to the Israelites that God, on His own timetable and plan, would restore His people to their homeland. What does the Bible promise? That is the question we will be addressing during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - September 28, 2014
Inspired of the Lord, James writes, The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.James 1:9-11. Death is the great equalizer of all people. Both the rich and the poor die. As we grow in Christ, we will take on a different view of worldly wealth realizing it will pass away. True wealth lies in that which is eternal, not temporal. The value the saved person puts in worldly riches begins to fade once they realize riches have no eternal value. They come to realize that the things of this world are going to pass away. As surely as the flower wilts in the hot sun, so will the wealthy Christian realize that his life is fading away. The things of this world will take on less and less value for the rich person who is a believer in Christ. The importance of wealth in his life will fade away. In time, the wealthy Christian realizes his riches have no eternal value. We will be considering things of eternal value during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
Morning Worship - September 14, 2014
Have you ever heard the expression, "If you want knowledge go to college, but if you want wisdom ask God"? James addresses the subject of wisdom is his letter to Christians. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5. This kind of wisdom is given to those seeking to know the reason for the trials in their life. "Lord, what are you seeking to teach me?" "Lord, what can I learn from this experience?" All we have to do is ask and the Lord will give us wisdom and insight. We can ask that the Lord would reveal to us the purpose of the trials in our lives. We can seek His wisdom for resolving problems in our lives. The Scriptures tell us that the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God and the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world. (I Corinthians 1:18-31). Are you seeking the wisdom of God or the wisdom of the world? We will be considering the wisdom of God during the Message Time this Lord's Day.
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