Give Thanks In All Things!

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Psalm 92:1 (NLT)
1  It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.

Here is a list of things housewives are most thankful for:

“For automatic dishwashers because they make it possible for us to get out of the kitchen before the family comes back in for their after-dinner snacks.

For husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house because they usually make them big enough to call in the professionals.

For children who put away their things & clean up after themselves. They’re such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents

For teenagers because they give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.

For Smoke alarms because they let you know when the turkey’s done.”

Remember to give thanks in all things!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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Comfort For First Baptist In Sutherland Springs

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

(2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NLT)

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

Last Sunday an unthinkable act of terror was visited upon a church just like ours. A very disturbed gunman walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small rural town just like ours, and killed 26 people and wounded 20 others. Isn’t it ironic that this tragedy happened on the day when we prayed for the global persecution of our brother’s and sister’s in Christ? It should remind us that we are not immune from this sort of persecution simply because we are a small church in a rural community. However, it should also remind us that our God is the God of ALL comfort, and He comforts us in all our sorrow. Make sure that you are praying for this church family in Sutherland Springs, as they mourn and comfort each other in this time of loss.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Who’s The Judge

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

James 4:12 (NLT)
12  God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?

Whether or not to judge others is a hot topic in the Church today. Most of us would say that we are not the judge of our fellow Christians. However, is that what we are practicing? Do we pass judgment on others without even noticing it? C.S. Lewis wrote about this in Mere Christianity. He said, “One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting everyone else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons—marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.” My friends, Scripture is clear, God is the judge and we are not!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

Continuing A Great Heritage

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Acts 1:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Today we are celebrating 20 years of heritage for the church family known as New LIfe Assembly of God. Established as a new church plant in 1997, this church family began to meet for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission in Morrow County, Ohio. However, that is not where our heritage began. As Dr. William W. Menzies stated in his book, Anointed To Serve, “In 1914, following a period of baffling rejection by all segments of the American church world, with great reluctance, but recognizing the urgency of the task, farsighted men gathered in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to establish a “cooperative fellowship” for the conservation of the work of God. There have been other organizations, as well, that carried a similar burden, and that God has wonderfully blessed, but the Assemblies of God has enjoyed a role of leadership in the American Pentecostal Movement that places it in a strategic position historically” (7-8). For the last twenty years this congregation has taken up that same mantle to bring the Pentecostal witness of Jesus Christ to Morrow County. It has been my great honor to be a part of that heritage, and I look forward to continuing on in that move of God for the next twenty years should the Lord tarry.

In Christ.

Pastor Mark

Prayerlessness

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

James 4:2-3 (NLT)
2  You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3  And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

“The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church…grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil.” (Ravenhill, Leonard).

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

What Difference Does It Make?

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Mark 10:45 (NLT)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
The job of the church is not to impact the church, but to impact the world.
It’s like a huddle in a football game. 67,000 people don’t pay $50.00 a ticket to watch the Browns huddle. What if you went to a Browns game and for 2½ hours you watched 11 men stand in a circle and talk? That’s not what you pay for!! 67,000 people pay $25 a ticket to see what difference the huddle makes. What they want to know is, having called the play in secret, does it work in public?

The challenge for the church is not what we do when we call our Sunday morning huddle, but what we do when we break our huddle and head to our Sunday morning assignment. When Satan lines up against us, what difference does it make that we are Christians?

In Christ,
Pastor Mark

Acting In Times Of Crisis

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
James 2:19-20 (NLT)
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

A story about a crisis in Holland. Many Christians believed that Sunday was like the Sabbath and that it is wrong to work, play or do anything but worship and rest. Much of Holland is below sea level but the Dutch reclaimed the land by construction an ingenious system of dykes and canals to hold back the seawater. On one particular Sunday, storms raised the water level to a dangerous height and the water threatened to overflow the dikes and flood a particular city, ruining the crops. Many residents went to the dikes to add sandbags but there were too few workers to stop the rising tide. The local constable appealed to the local Dutch Reform Church for help. He knew there were hundreds of able-bodied men who could make the difference. He went to the church to persuade the members to come and help. The leaders quickly met and decided it would be sinful to break the Sabbath rules by working on Sunday. The pastor appealed to the leaders to change their minds and help with the work. He referred them to this passage where Jesus broke the Sabbath rules of His day for the good of others. The reply of the chief church elder leader is classic. He said, “I have always had a hard time accepting what Jesus did on the Sabbath, too!” It would be funny if it were not so tragic. The town flooded and most of the crops were ruined—but many of the Christians felt pious because they hadn’t desecrated the Sabbath Day.

In Christ,
Pastor Mark