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Events This Week at
During the holidays, our emotions can get the best of us -- especially within our immediate family. Let us look to the hills this morning from whence cometh our help, the Great I Am, the One that heals, restores, comforts and brings peace in the midst of what we are currently experiencing.
Father we thank You this morning for the gift of family. We pray for families to be restored where misunderstandings have caused division. We pray a special prayer for any family member that is unsaved asking You Master to touch their heart today. And last, but not least, we ask that You wrap Your loving arms around those that are hurting from the loss of a loved one that has moved from their earthly address to their Heavenly Home.
We pray that our “entire” family dwells in peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings and in quiet resting places. We pray for stability in the family unit, abundance in salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. We pray that we are “all” in reverent fear and worship of You, for You are our Treasure and our God. Father, may the healing that needs to take place in the family unit begin today with us that we may be a fruitful field dwelling in justice resulting in righteousness, obedience and trusting in You. We praise You for our peace, welfare and safety of all family members this day. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest. . . . Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isa. 32:15-18
A Dead End In The Desert
Moses led approximately 600,000 Israelites to a dead end in the desert. The only thing between Israel and Pharaoh’s pursing army was the Red Sea. What now? At some point, God will bring all of us to a “Red Sea” moment in our life. For some it may be sickness, abandonment/rejection, family/relationship problems, financial, job-related issue or life itself. Whatever our Red Sea is, we are to do that which God requires “keep it moving” by faith, trusting Him and His Word. God desires that we remain vigilant fighting the good fight and keeping the faith remembering we are not fighting alone for He is with us.
Father, help us to keep it moving when the adversary is in hot pursuit of our life and attempts to derail/delay/destroy Your plan for us. Give us spiritual discernment and spiritual vision that we do not look at what is before or behind us but only to You, our ever present Help in a time of trouble. Help us to keep investing in others in spite of our own personal past hurts, pain, disappointments and present battles. When we are obedient and persevere past our own troubles and seek to invest ourselves in others for the sake of Christ, this is when our own Red Seas are parted. Increase our faith in You that we will keep it moving walking in freedom that we will experience the miracle of the Red Sea in our lives. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” Exodus 14:15
November 28 - December 4, 2016
"Preparing The Way"
As the Season of Advent has begun we are in a season of transition from beginning of Christ's ministry to the expectation of Christ's birth. Both seasons are looking forward to, preparing for and making ready for the changes that we look hopefully for just as the people did at the time of the events. The Second Sunday of Advent is "Preparing The Way." Our scriptures include Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12.
Psalm 72L1-7, 18-19..."The mountains will bring the people peace and the hills justice! Your annointed will defend the oppressed among the people, save the childre of the poor and crush the oppressor..." A time is coming that the Messiah will come to the people and their crys shall be heard. Justice and profound peace will flower through the days.
Isaiah 11:1-10 A time is coming a time of change where those who suffer will suffer no more, they shall have peace and justice. They will be protected by a child, one who will come and wear justice as a belt around his waist. Let us prepare our hearts for the one who has and is to come again bringing peace on earth and good will to all humanity.
Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptisit prepared the way for the Lord making no pretenses who he was. When asked if he was the one that the people waited for his immediate answer was no, that he only came to prepare the way and while he baptized people with water the one was coming who would baptize in the Spirit of all people. John knew what he was supposed to do, to get the people ready, to draw their attention to what was about to happen and when it did John was there in support of the One who came to ransom us all. Can you hear the expectancy of the peoples voices, the desperation of the downtrodden as they wait for one who would bring justice, waiting for one who would come to save the world from its very self.
We will be celebrating with a Christmas Eve service at 6:30pm on December 24th and our regular Sunday service on Christmas day at 10:00am. All are welcome to attend. We are a church of extravigant welcome opening our doors for all who seek refuge and peace, hope and encouragement and a place where we believe in a "Still Speaking God."