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John 14:6

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Empty Me,

by Chris Sligh


I've had just enough of the spotlight

when it burns bright

to see how it gets in the blood.

And I've tasted my share

of the sweet life

and the wild ride

and found a little is not quite enough.


I know how I can stray

and how fast my heart could change.


Empty me

of the selfishness inside,

every vain ambition

and the poison of my pride

and any foolish thing my heart holds to,

Lord empty me of me

so I can be

filled with You.


I've seen just enough of the quick buys

of the best lies

to know how broader goals can be drawn away.


I know how I can stray

and how fast my heart could change.

Empty me

of the selfishness inside,

every vain ambition

and the poison of my pride

and any foolish thing my heart holds to,

Lord empty me of me

so I can be

filled with You.


Cuz everything is a lesser thing

compared to You

compared to You.

Cuz everything is a lesser thing

compared to You,

so I surrender all.


Empty me

of the selfishness inside,

every vain ambition

and the poison of my pride.


Empty me

of the selfishness inside,

every vain ambition

and the poison of my pride

and any foolish thing my heart holds to,

Lord empty me of me

so I can be

Lord empty me of me

so I can be

filled with You

filled with You

empty me.


Christians around the world profess the Apostle’s Creed.

We do so to join with others as a statement of our beliefs in God.



Apostle’s Creed



I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

The creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead

.He ascended into Heaven,

And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.




Let us lift up in prayer the following in the Name of Jesus:


Heavenly Father, we come to YOU this day and ask YOU to help us to empty our very selves of all that holds us away from YOU. Help us to learn to let go and to let YOU fill us with all of YOU. GOD, we need YOU. This world is falling apart and the devil is causing so much sin and people are listening to his lies and believing him over YOU and YOUR truth. We are so full of hate and lust and evil and we need YOU. LORD, teach us YOUR way, YOUR truth and YOUR life which we need to know YOU and to walk in YOU. LORD, teach us to become as children and begin again in YOU allowing YOU to be our parent and to let YOUR Word become for us our daily bread. Let us feast on YOUR Word and allowing It to fill us with what we need to having a personal relationship with YOU. LORD, we need YOU. Help us to become one with YOU and to let YOU guide us and teach us so that we can become perfect as YOU are perfect. Help us to know that in everything, YOU are. YOU are there in every situation of our lives and that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, our names will be written in YOUR book of Life. We want YOU, we desire YOU and we want to know YOU. Help us to know that this world holds nothing for us, that only in YOU is life. Help us to let YOU to be in every situation in our lives and to know that YOU have everything we need to live.


We come to YOU LORD this day and ask that YOU to bring YOUR comfort and peace to the families whose loved ones were murdered in Florida. And let YOUR truth reign, teach us to search with all of our hearts and mind and strength for YOUR truth alone. Break every chain that the devil has over our lives. Teach us to love one another as YOU love us. Forgive us LORD for the way we are. Let us be loving and compassionate towards each other and stop blaming the other, but looking first at ourselves and removing the plank that is in our eyes and realizing our sins first and then help others to remove the speck in their eyes. Let us realize that our sin and our pride keeps us from confessing our sin. Let us humble our selves in YOU and to walk in YOUR ways always, we ask that YOU would teach us to be humble in heart and to be YOUR ambassadors in this hurting world, we ask that YOUR light would shine out of us, we ask for YOUR grace and love to fill us and to break hearts of stone to know YOU and to love YOU and to walk in YOUR way,  Vivian, Barbie and Dennis, Don and Nancy, Brian and Lucia, Shirley, all those whom we have met in the Journey, Ashley, Amy Jo and Danny and family, Valerie & Rocky, Jan, Deidre, Joanne & David, Suzanne, Debby, For YOUR healing touch LORD on those who suffer from disease and illness, fill hearts with the knowledge that YOU are more than enough to heal our hearts, our minds and our bodies. Help us to learn to wait on YOU to accomplish what YOU want for us. Whether healing comes right away, or years from the moment we pray or whether healing does not come in this life, help us to be at rest in YOU. Darrel & Jerilyn and their family, Paula and Steve and family, we lift up those who deny YOU and try to stop YOU from being spoken of. We lift up coaches and everyone who is being persecuted for worshiping YOU. Fill them with YOUR strength to continue unafraid in their praise and worship. Fill the courts with judges who know YOU so that righteous decisions will be given. We pray, LORD, that people will open their eyes and stop the violence that is happening in this country. We pray that people will accept our president, who was elected according to the laws of this country and that those who lost would not be trying to overthrow this government that was duly elected. We pray that people will stop spreading the lies of the devil and that people will listen to YOUR truth. We pray for the children who are abducted and abused, who are homeless and hungry. We pray for our loved ones who are sick. We lift up those who have lost their jobs and their homes and have given up. Give them Your peace, O Lord. Father, help us to let Your grace flow in all parts of our lives. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus.  God send us revival and spiritual awakening in our Christian churches that will set our nation aright, that radical Islam would stop their assaults, religious intolerance of Christianity, Mariam, Stephen, Edwin & Sherie & Eric & Ethan, Ester, Cindy, Shirley, Wayne and Shawna, safe travels, that Christians would seek Your Word daily & learn and seek Your way, Your truth and Your life in all areas of their lives and not allow the lies of the devil and the people he uses to spread his lies about You and that Your truth about all things will be revealed, let Christians rise up and declare their faith in You and Your Word and stop believing the lies of the liberal agenda,  Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Joseph Prince, Kirk Cameron, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, Michael Youssef, Oral Roberts Ministry & the many other ministries that preach the Word Of God in truth & spirit, that people will tune in and watch in order to learn about you and that people would live in Your ways Father, for those trying to open new businesses will be successful, especially Beth and Playdate, for those who are trying to buy their own homes especially Nora and family, spiritually curious people, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haran, Syria,  Sudan, Iran and many other lands, President Donald Trump and those he has chosen to serve with him, that they will bring good changes to the United States and in the world as the US has now accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as it is, that people will realize that we are all YOUR children and as such we are brothers and sisters and to treat each other in YOUR amazing love, Christians United for Israel, stay-at-home moms and dads, we pray for the children who are homeless and hungry, aborted and are victims of pediphiles and sexual slavery, for those who suffer with addictions, for peace in Israel, that Your chosen people would come to know You Lord Jesus as their Savior. Pray for those who are out preaching the gospel both here in the United States and all around the world, that seeds of faith may be sown to bring glory to our Lord God. We pray for all who love the Lord that they will completely abandon themselves to YOU. We pray for those who do not know the Lord that they will come to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness and give their lives to God. We pray that they will learn that only through Jesus can they find eternal life, Michele & Dana & family, Carey & Martin & family, Michelle & family, Deanna & Josh & family, OJ, Anna, Ethan & Serenity, Sherie, Tommie, Mark, Bill and Bev, Hyma & family, Glenn, Dee Dee, Nancy & Dave, Emily & Joseph & Jamie & Kacie & Melissa & Phil & Mila & Karen & Kenny & family, Prodigals to come back, Robert & Elizabeth, Donna & Johnny & family, for those that are working to keep us safe and provide emergency services, Home Churches all over the world, for those who kill through abortion, prayer requests, Felicia & Campus Ministry, those affected by the weather and natural disasters, fires & drought, Aspen & AJ, for the children who suffer from disease or abuse, CJ & mom April, Callie & Cozy & Noah & parents Karen and Joe,  Bowen, Patty, Nathan & Erica & Sophie, Anna & Craig & family, Andrea & Jason & Ian & Ava, Barbara, those suffering from cancer and mental illness, Michael, Middle East, Israel, for judges to not make laws, Elaine & Tony, Jeanine, Beth & Eric & Isaiah & Alliyah & Addyson, Chrissy & JD & Noah & Ashton & Konner & Elle & Briley, Henry & Monica & Isaiah & Branson & Flora, Nora & Chris & Ethan & Jocelyn, Ben, Roanne,  John & Carol, Kat, Kim, Marie, Craig, Michael & Gina, Toni & Angel, Kevin & Ro, Monica, Bill, Mike, Shannon, Johnny & Jamie & Mikey, Becca, Allie, Harry & Sandy, Sara & Bella, Emily, John & Cheryl & family, Kathy, for our families and friends, for those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, Patt and Ron, Melanie & Nick, Sean, Scott, Kathie, Scot & Fran, Caity & Corey & Aiden & Tristan, Krissy & Travis & family, Renee & LA, Dwight & Brandy & Savannah & Blake, Brenda, Sebastian, Kathryn & Sean & Julian & Hunter & unborn son, Suzette, Mike & Erin & Nathan & Michaela & Colin, for all those who loved ones have passed on, Donna & Erick & family, Melissa & Aaron & Patrick & Kailyn & Macey & AJ, Crystal & Luke & son, Mary, Maureen & daughter Nicole & child, Janet, Henry & Noreen, this church & ministry & the Journey, peace, Christians who are persecuted & killed, our men & women in the armed forces and our veterans & their families, for all those who have asked for prayers  …  (Your prayers and petitions)


We thank You Father for hearing our prayers spoken and unspoken. We know that You are the way to life. We believe that by following Your way that when we ask of You, we will receive; that when we seek, we will find; and when we knock the door will open. So with faith we humbly ask You to answer our prayers and grant our petitions and prayers according to the Father’s Will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.




Readings


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ


Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault. —Philippians 2:14-15


Isaiah 55:6-13

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.


As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire, and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led froth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.


What will a man give in exchange for his soul? —Matthew 16:26


Jude 1:1-25

 1Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
      To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by
[a] Jesus Christ:

 2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

 3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

 5Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord[c] delivered His people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. 6And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

 8In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. 9But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" 10Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—these are the very things that destroy them.

 11Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.

 12These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

 14Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones 15to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." 16These men are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

 17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires." 19These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

 20But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 21Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

 22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

 24To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.


He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so His own arm worked salvation for him, and His own righteousness sustained him. He put on righteousness as His breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; He put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in zeal as in cloak.                                                                                Isaiah 59:16-17


Luke 17:20-37

20 Once the Pharisees asked Jesus when God's kingdom would come. He replied, "The coming of God's kingdom is not something you can see just by watching for it carefully. 21 People will not say, 'Here it is.' Or, 'There it is.' God's kingdom is among you."

 22 Then Jesus spoke to His disciples. "The time is coming," He said, "when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man. But you won't see it. 23 People will tell you, 'There he is!' Or, 'Here he is!' Don't go running off after them.”

 24 "When the Son of Man comes, He will be like the lightning. It flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first the Son of Man must suffer many things. He will not be accepted by the people of today.”

 26 "Remember how it was in the days of Noah. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes. 27 People were eating and drinking. They were getting married. They were giving their daughters to be married. They did all those things right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”

 28 "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking. They were buying and selling. They were planting and building. 29 But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven. And all the people were destroyed.”

 30 "It will be just like that on the day the Son of Man is shown to the world. 31 Suppose someone is on the roof of his house on that day. And suppose his goods are inside the house. He should not go down to get them. No one in the field should go back for anything either. 32 Remember Lot's wife! 33 Anyone who tries to keep his life will lose it. Anyone who loses his life will keep it.”

 34 "I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed. One person will be taken and the other left. 35-36Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken and the other left."

 37 "Where, Lord?" His disciples asked.

   He replied, "The vultures will gather where there is a dead body."


Weekly Way


Be Still And Know That I AM God


Be still, and know that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10


How hard is it for you to be still? Just still? And how long can you be still? A few seconds, a minute, an hour? Are you comfortable just being still? Try it for a moment. Close your eyes and just be still? What did you think about? Did you think at all? Were you distracted by something and so could not be still very long? Did your mind wander to other things? Could you empty your mind of all your worries, all your thoughts, and just be still and know that God is there?


It’s a very hard thing for most of us to do, to come before God in quiet, to pray. Jesus told us to: go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:6-7) I had to come to the Lord today, in silence, so that His direction would come to me. I was distracted by things, the noise, people, and I needed the quiet to hear His voice speak to me. I had to hear and feel Him so that I would know what He wanted me to say. It didn’t take long for Him to speak. When I come to the Lord, I try not to come to Him with a list of things that I want Him to do. I come to the Lord to find out what He wants me to do or say. It’s hard to do so sometimes. The world seems to get in the way so much. There are times when I can’t stand the noise and if I’m around it, it sometimes takes me a long time to focus on the Lord. I’m not big on TV, sometimes I do watch it, but for the most part, it really annoys me. Its mindless chatter and its images do send me to prayer though. For much of what is on TV is an affront to me and I’m sure it must be an affront to God.


Even emails can be noisy. I check my junk mail because the filters don’t work right. It doesn’t matter which email I use, the filters sometimes send email to the junk mail that don’t belong there. I haven’t figured it out yet. I’ve tried to correct it, but I’m still learning how to do things. Most of the time, I can go through the junk mail and return what needs to go to the inbox without much thought. Then there are times like today, where something just sent me reeling with disgust. Most of the time I just delete these things, but this time I decided to respond. I started writing back, telling these people that I pray that the Lord has mercy on their souls. I was going on and on, when I realized that it wouldn’t matter, so instead I deleted my response and went back to praying for these people and just deleting. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant. For the sake of Your Name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. (Psalm 25:8-11) Sure, I could have pointed out to the person their sin, but in reality, if wouldn’t have made a difference to them. They probably wouldn’t even read it, but would flood my mailbox with their sinfulness.


I know that I am not perfect, that I am a sinner just as the rest of us are. When my anger is aroused due to something that has come into my plain of existence, I tend to jump and want to correct it right away. But I have learned, in the midst of my anger, I come to God and lift a prayer up to Him to show me the way that He wants me to go. So if He says, ‘go forth and complain,’ I do, but if He says, ‘let it go,’ even if I don’t want to, I do. There’s the rub with prayer and with following the way of the Lord. It’s not what I want that matters, it’s what the Lord wants. And amid all the things around us, hearing how we are to think of ourselves before all else, to do unto others before they do unto us, to see how society thinks that ones body should look, to hear how our own satisfaction should come before all else, it’s amazing that God can get through. It takes time, quiet time, to be with God and to create a personal relationship.


Now, when my kids were little, quiet time was something that was at a premium. But I always tried to make quiet time with the kids. From naps in the afternoon, to putting the toys away and laying down and listening to classical music, to an afternoon of watching the clouds, to the moment when they went to sleep, I relished those quiet times. I had a game I use to play with the kids, I would snap my fingers together and say I’m invisible,  and just close myself off and the kids would do things to get me back. Sometimes I really felt as if I were somewhere quiet, a sense of peace that I felt was God. Other times, it would be really hard not to laugh at all the kids would do to get my attention, and even then, I knew what a blessing they were to me from God. Then I would snap myself visible and we would laugh. But sometimes they seemed worried that I really was gone and so I would snap back right away. You know, it is possible in the midst of a crowd to snap yourself to a quiet place to be with God. You may only be there for a moment, but that moment is sweet and the peace and strength that you need comes to you and then it’s back to whatever you were doing before.


It is also possible that you sometimes feel like my kids did, when they thought that I was really gone, when you come to God and desperately need to feel His presence in your life and you just can’t. Like the Palmist: Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy; at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. (Psalm 55:1-5) Night after night, you have come to God and still He has not answered your prayer. Each day the phone rings and the bill collectors hound you. Another bill comes in the mail and you don’t know where you are going to come up with the money to pay it. You wonder why God allows you to live like this, in fear and anger towards God that He doesn’t take care of things and make everything right. You spend another night in someone’s arms, lulling you into a sense of love, knowing that this is not what you want, but for the moment, it feels good and you are tired of hating life. You drink alcohol, take drugs, in an effort to numb the pain that you feel. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: The trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let Him deliver him since he delights in Him. (Psalm 22:6-8) Ever felt like people were looking at you and making fun of you? David did, but he continued to be faithful to the Lord and the Lord make him king. And from this man, his line, came Jesus, our Savior.


Being humble is a hard thing to do. Trusting in the Lord is hard. Have you ever waited for God to answer a prayer, and had to wait for years for the answer to come? Moses did, he waited for 40 years in another country that was not his own and then had to take the Israelites wandering in the desert for another 40 years. Have you ever heard God tell you to go somewhere or do something, and just listened to God and did what He told you to do. Abraham did, he left his home and God promised him that his descendants would be more than the stars in the sky. Do you know that you are one of Abraham’s descendants? Have you ever shouted out, ‘Where are You God? Why don’t You answer me? You are not alone. Jesus did, upon the cross. The Father abandoned His Son, for our sins. For the nights in someone’s arms which we should not have been. For the coat, the book, the pen, which we have taken, for murder, for the lies, the greed, the lust, the adultery that has filled our lives, for the gossip, the folly, the evil thoughts, malice, deceit, addictions, the sins which have hurt ourselves and have hurt others, He, Jesus, took them upon Himself and the Father abandoned the Son for us!


And for this gift, His life for ours, God wants you to choose to come and to build a personal relationship with Him. He will not make you, you must make yourself. You must be still and know that I AM God. The way to the Lord is narrow and few chose it, but it is a road well worth taking. Spend a moment with God and build upon those moments. Chose to pray instead of allowing TV to fill you. Let God fill your life. Know this, the road has many bumps, and it has a lot of big craters, and sometimes the road has collapsed and is gone. The evil one does all he can to distract you from the fact that Jesus has already paid for your sin. The seed of Christ has been implanted into your soul. Don’t allow the trials of life to hold you back and to stop trusting in the Lord. As a Christian, there are going to be times when you fall, even when the road seems smooth. Each bump, each hole, each trial is designed to help us to increase our faith and trust in the Lord. And we will repeat them until we have learned our lesson. It doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as we keep on trying. We must learn to stop resisting and playing ‘God’ and allow God to teach us and bring us into full measure for our faith.


Jesus’ Words teach us the way. When He was transfigured up on the mountain with Moses and Elijah coming to Him, when His disciples awoke, they wanted to build shelters for all three. But the Father had other plans. Moses and Elijah are prophets, telling of GOD, but JESUS is the way, the truth and the life. And  the Father told the disciples and He tell us to focus on what Jesus says. Listen to Him. The Father took away the old and showed us that it is through Jesus that will bring us into pure faith and love with Him. The Bible is God’s love letter to us, showing us what we need to feel and know and to learn for our lives. But more importantly, it is believing in Jesus that brings us to the Father in heaven. The whole Bible is more than an instruction book. Too many people focus on the instructions and law instead of the amazing love that GOD is teaching through His Word. Every word of the Bible is important, but every word of Jesus is the most important, and in Him, is the way, the truth and the life. Every step is worth it, everything that we learn from the Scriptures will teach us, and most importantly, every quiet time that we spend with God will teach us His way for our lives. It’s through perseverance, continuance that God sees that our life is transformed. The Bible is a book about faith and how to grow in faith. It is learning about faith in God and in His promises, in His way, His truth and His life.  Faith doesn’t happen only one day, it’s a daily thing, for our entire life. God will reward your prayer, your perseverance, and your continuance in learning from Him. Many are called but few are chosen. It’s not just a matter of God choosing you, but of you choosing God. He forgave all our sins on the cross, and it’s up to us to choose to accept this gift.


Faith is a life changing, lifelong experience, one that you must continually do. You can’t playact your faith, expecting God to believe that you believe, it must be real. You must work at changing from your old life to your new. God accepts you as you are when you come to Him, but in order to live out our faith, we have to come to God as children. But unless you repent, you too will all perish. (Luke 13:3)It takes nine months for a child to come into this world, and 18 more (well, I do know some who are still growing up and they are in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s 50’s…) to grow and develop into the person that we are to be. Parents are to teach their children in the way of the Lord. Sadly, many choose not to. Their faith is not strong and they have been blinded by the evil one. Ministers and Pastors are there to teach you but it has more of an effect on people if a Christian lives a life that is according to what Jesus speaks of in the Bible. As Christians, we are all, including and more importantly, ministers, priests and pastors, (for we are held up to a higher standard because we accepted this gift from God) to bear good fruit. Anyone can be blinded by the evil one if they get lazy in their faith. God doesn’t want us to be lazy or lukewarm, or to playact being a Christian. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. (Revelations 3:1-3)


The evil one is no longer lurking in the shadows. He has come out into the open and is destroying lives. The evil one employs many in his army, and is trying to take away our Christian way of life. The evil one is there on your TV, in the classrooms of our children, on the street corners, in our government, demanding equal rights for those who follow his commands. Satan is bringing confusion to the world because we have become so lazy. Wake up! Strengthen your faith. If you choose God, then don’t allow the evil one to continue spreading his lies. Pray, and pray hard. Spend time with God and not with the evil one being seduced by the sexual immorality, the greed, the lust, the gossip, the adultery, the lies, the folly, the malice, that he spreads.  If you choose to give up on God and lead your life leading others in sin, then you willingly have chosen to give up this gift that God has given to you. That road does not lead to heaven.


Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I AM! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me.

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

(Revelations 3:19-22)


So open the door and let Jesus in.


The Lord’s Supper



(You will need bread (or unleavened bread) and wine (or grape juice) for the Lord’s Supper. Place bread in a bowl or platter and wine (grape juice) in a wine glass or nice cup. Use the same bowl and glass each week, reserving it only for the Lord’s Supper out of reverence for the Lord. Place the bread and wine on a table. You can stand or sit around the table. You can have candles if you would like.)



Whenever two or three are gathered there is God among them. Jesus tells us: ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand there praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” As Your children, Father, teach us and let Your Word become for us, a living part of our lives. Teach us to love one another and to forgive one another.



Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins.

Christ have mercy on us, teach us to forgive others

.Lord show us Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children. Devote yourselves to the apostle’s teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Father, before us sits bread and wine. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”


He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by You, His heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love.As Jesus and His disciples were reclined at the table, He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”


And while they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, and giving a prayer of thanks to the Father, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, He took the cup, again giving thanks to the Father and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “Drink it, all of you, this is My blood, which seals Gods covenant, My blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”



Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain,

To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

And honor and glory and praise!


To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

Be praise and honor and glory and power,

Forever and ever!


And by His stripes we are healed!



Teach us, Father, that in celebrating this Supper given to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ, how we are to live our lives. The greatest should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. And Jesus will confer on us a kingdom, just as You Father conferred one on Him, so that we might eat and drink at His table in heaven. Teach us to live out our Salvation in the way we live our lives.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Communion (sharing {eat and drink} the body and blood)



Prayer after Communion


May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor

,Rest upon us from above.


Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.Amen.

By Rev. John Newton, 1779



Lord’s Prayer (please join hands)


Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.


The LORD make His face shine upon

you and be gracious.


The LORD turn His face towards you

and give you peace.




Concluding


War and Peace

By Charles H. Spurgeon


Christians will make enemies. If doing right and believing the truth causes us to lose every earthly friend, it will be only a small lose, for our great heavenly Friend will be friendlier and more gracious than ever.

You who have taken up His cross know what your Master said: “I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Matthew 10:35-36).

Christ is the great peacemaker, but before peace He brings war. When the light comes the darkness must depart. Where truth is, the lie must flee. If the lie remains, there will be a severe conflict, because truth cannot and will not lower its standard.

If you follow Christ, all the hounds of the world will yelp at your heels. Count on this, if you live for Jesus Christ, the world will not speak well of you. “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” (James 4:4). If you are true and faithful to the Most High, people will resent your unflinching devotion because it is a testimony against their iniquity.

Regardless of the consequences, you must do what is right. You will need the courage of a lion to pursue a course that could turn your best friend into your fiercest foe. For the sake of Jesus Christ, you must be courageous.

Risking your reputation and emotions for the truth requires a degree of moral principle that only the Spirit of God can work into you. Do not turn back, do not be a coward; be a hero of the faith. Follow in your Master’s steps. He walked the rough way before you.

Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment.


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