Bulletin – May 20, 2012

What is Success?

 We judge a man by what we see and visibly make an opinion of whether or not he is successful.  God measures things differently than man…his ways are higher than ours and his end results always are successful!  Success depends upon our obedience when we submit our will.  God puts success in you when you do what He calls you to do.  God called us to be “witnesses”.  You don’t need a lot of knowledge to witness about how God has changed your life!  Everyone has a personal testimony.  It doesn’t matter what the background, where  you came from or who you are kin to – you have a testimony.  People can argue with theories, and speculation, but cannot argue with your experience with God and what he has done for you!  Our world wants to hear a witness!  Even if they reject Christ, we are successful in doing our part of sowing the seed by our witness.

The story of the Samaritan woman that met Jesus at the well in John 4 was powerful.  Verse 39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.  41 And many more believed because of his own word;  42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. 

The woman rushed back to the city and told the men of the city her personal testimony.  The Bible says many more believed after they heard Jesus speak.  Then the men said to the woman that they believed because they had their OWN experience with Jesus and not just because of the woman’s testimony.  This woman’s personal testimony was so effective that it moved an entire city towards Jesus Christ.  Find someone today and share how you received the Holy Ghost, how God has healed, delivered, supplied your needs – Be a Witness – that’s real success!

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Bulletin – May 6, 2012

S t r e t c h i n g  Exercise

Jesus said you can’t put new wine into old wineskins.  Wine was kept in animal skins. Old wineskins dry up and lose their elasticity, their ability to stretch, grow, change and expand in God’s capacity. You have to expand your capacity to increase your influence for God.

 Stretch Forth – action – stretching has the tendency to cause pain. When you stretch you are working muscles. So in order for us to stretch ourselves to what God asks us to become, it’s going to require some pain on our part both as a church and personally as well. Do you know how you make a muscle stronger? You have to tear down some of the cells by over-committing your muscle. It’s time to take a healthy look at the amount of spiritual commitment you are currently undertaking. Faith, Prayer and Fasting – we must crucify the flesh and sometimes that commitment is painful because the flesh does not want to participate.  We reap what we sow, your return will only be as great as your investment. When you enlarge your capacity for God by stretching your investment of faith, prayer, and fasting – God will expand your influence for what He wants to do in and thru your life as an individual and as a church!  Come on let’s do some  s t r e t c h i n g  exercises!!

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Bulletin – April 29, 2012

Certainly we are people who love the moving of God’s Spirit, and rightly so.  A formless, lifeless, dark world needs an encounter with the glory of the Lord.  But a lesson to be learned from this passage is that one can be exposed to the moving of the Spirit and still be extremely void and empty.  For a life to be truly and permanently changed requires the introduction of creative energy through the Word of God, and preaching is the method God chose to accomplish just such a change.

There is a danger of being so proud of the dynamics of the Spirit we enjoy and of what we regularly feel in our services that we equate “goose bumps” with substantive change in our lives.  The measure of the effect of the gospel in our lives is not did we feel Him, for anything and anyone can feel Him when He moves.  The questions to be asked as we leave each service are, “Did the Word of God change anything in me?  Did His voice speak to me?  Did preaching and my response to it do a creative work in me?”

 And so we must ever remain people of the Word of God, for we need preaching.  We need both the conviction of His Word to break us up sometimes, and the Spirit to change us – and this comes through preaching.

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Bulletin – April 22, 2012

Salvation is not like an airline ticket to Brussels, Belgium.  It is not just to provide us a passage to eternity and the Holy City.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is coupled with the great commission: “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  You need to share what you know.

The knowledge God gives is not given as a private keepsake to be stowed in a curio cabinet.  God intends for us to share the knowledge we have received with other people—with our children, our families, our neighbors, our countrymen, and with people from every nation in the world.

When gold was discovered in 1849 in Sutter’s Mill in Sacramento, California, the word spread and the gold rush began.  Men left their Eastern cities and farms, and journeyed over the hot and dry trails to California.  From man to man, from mouth to ear, the knowledge was shared.  As the knowledge of transportation has advanced, the information about the automobile, the steamship, the railroad, the ocean liner, the airplanes, and the rocket ships has been passed on.  How much more should the biblical discoveries and revelations be passed on to others.

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2012Apr22

Bulletin – April 15, 2012

May God help us fall in love with and remain in love with preaching. We must be a worshiping church, but not at the expense of preaching. It is good that we are a musical church, but not at the expense of preaching. We’d better be a friendly church, but that doesn’t replace preaching. We must be visited by the supernatural, but the moving of His Spirit and the demonstration of His might should only lead us to and confirm the truth of preaching. Such is the testimony of the apostles: “They went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:20). How can one establish the value of preaching? What is the estimate of having a man of God who will fulfill the instruction of Ezekiel: “They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean: (Ezekiel 44:23)? What is the worth of a voice that will declare the Word of God? What is the significance of preaching? I can please God only with faith, and faith comes by hearing His Word. (See Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17.) Preaching convicts sinners, preaching heals the wounded, preaching brings hope, and preaching builds the church. And yet amazingly much of the Christian world is turning its back on it.

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2012Apr15

 

Bulletin – April 8, 2012

The Meaning of Easter

In Old Testament times, the priest would bring bulls, goats or a spotless lamb without any blemishes to be sacrificed as a sin offering for himself and for the people. The blood would purify and make atonement (forgive, make amends) for their sins. This was  the  old order of atonement. When Jesus came, He was  a representation of the   sacrificial  lamb  to  take  away  the  sins  of  the  world. He  was  the final sacrifice. We  no  longer have to  sacrifice  animals  to make  atonement  for our sins. Jesus has done this once and for all. It’s His blood that cleanses us from all sin. He was crucified on the cross (the form of execution in those days). The sin of  the world  was  upon Him, yet He was without sin  and  blameless. He bore it all. This  is  why  Jesus  is  referred  to  as  the  ‘Lamb of God’.   He  was  bodily resurrected  (came back to life)  on  the third day. He appeared to many – eating and drinking with them. He appeared to them for 40 days, then ascended (went up to) Heaven. Acts 1: 1-11.

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Bulletin – April 1, 2012

The mantra of the day seems to be, “Just give me a praise band and a worship team.  Just give me a fellowship circle and some refreshments.  Just give me a support group and an accountability partner.  Just give me a coffee bar and moments of quiet reflection.”  I suppose all of those things have some merit, but let the cry of the true Apostolic ever be, “Give me a red-hot preacher saturated with prayer.  Give me a message from God’s throne that pierces deeply into my heart and spirit.  Give me conviction that springs from the energy of God’s Word.  Give me preaching.”

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Bulletin – March 25, 2012

Lose God’s Presence?

David did not have the opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit the way New Testament believers have received the Holy Spirit.  His anointing was for ministry.  The Spirit came upon him at special times for a special work,  but the Spirit of God did not fill him as it fills believers today.

If David was afraid to lose his empowerment from God, how much more should we panic at the thought of losing God’s presence?  We should take the advice of Scripture and avoid quenching or grieving “the holy Spirit of God”

(I Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30).

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2012Mar25

 

 

Guys Camp Out

Men put this on your calendar if you want to attend the Guys Camp Out  at the  Brazos Bend State Park, Friday and Saturday -April 13-14. Don’t miss it – you’ll enjoy it!  See Bro. Custer for more details.

Bulletin – March 18, 2012

Joy comes after Forgiveness!

Joy comes after forgiveness.  The big dilemma with unrepentant humanity is that they go on in life trying to find joy without being cleansed of guilt.  They want to laugh, but all their laughter carries the hollow echo of unresolved life issues.  They try many things in their effort to obtain joy and gladness.

Like pouring good milk in with sour milk, trying to discover happiness without forgiveness of sins will never sweeten one’s life.  Rather, we must dump the spoiled contents of our sinful lives at the cross of Christ.  Then God can fill us with the milk of His goodness.  What lightness and happiness a person experiences who has found the freedom of forgiveness!

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2012Mar18