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Uncertainty

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Wow! Most of us have never lived through a national emergency before. It’s amazing how everything is so tied together with everything else. The very fabric of society as we know it is being disrupted. There is a lot of uncertainty. How long will we be going through this? Will we spring back? Will things ever be the same? Is this the start of the end? Am I and my family going to be okay? Let’s just go back to the basics. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) Another translation says, “Because the Lord is my shepherd I have everything I need.” The shepherd’s job is to care for his sheep. Jesus said that a good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. You and I do not need to worry. Yes, we need to pray, we need to be careful, we need to be wise, but we don’t need to worry. We have a Great Shepherd! He will take care of you!



Instructions From God’s Word

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Are you tired of hearing about the Coronavirus yet? There are two extremes in this. One says, “It will never touch me.” The other says, “Oh no! I’m going to get it and die.” Life is uncertain. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were as concerned with their eternal destiny as they are with the Coronavirus? We really can’t say for sure whether any of us will be infected or not. But we can be assured that we all will expire from this life and meet our Maker. After that, the judgment. Just as words of actions to prevent being infected come from our government so it is that we have clear instructions in God’s Word to cleanse us from sin and to keep us pure and clean. It’s time we take the Word of God as serious as we do directives from our government. It’s time to be cleansed and made pure by the blood of Jesus. Romans 6:23.

Pastor Allen

 



Progress Means Change

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Remember last Sunday I wrote on how hard it is to move forward without purpose. In fact, if you don’t have purpose you don’t even know which way is actually going forward. In all we do, our purpose as individuals and as a church is to advance the Kingdom of God. By nature, I am a conservative. 
 I actually like things to remain as they are. There is a certain security and safety in that. However, an old proverb says, “Behold the turtle, he doesn’t make progress until he sticks his neck out.” Progress means change. Change is most always uncomfortable at first. If you don’t want any waves, just don’t move. Let things remain the same. But that is not advancing
anything except stagnation. Our purpose is clear. Behind all we do and all we give is to see our friends, our family, our neighbors come to know Jesus in a more relevant way. Thanks for joining us in the change.

Pastor Allen

 



True Purpose

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 I was not the greatest student growing up. I just could not understand why it made a difference if I knew history, social studies, or even where to put the comma or when to use ‘see’ or ‘saw’. Why should I know what year anything happened, since it was so long ago? Today I wish I had paid better attention. The reason I struggled is because I did not see clearly the purpose for all that knowledge. I was too busy just trying to have fun. Sometimes people feel the same way about Bible knowledge. However, the purpose of all this Bible knowledge is for us to be safe and prosperous in this life and have life eternal. Jesus said “You do err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” We must get back to the Bible for true purpose and life-giving message.

Pastor Allen

 



God Will Make a Way

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The children of Israel were led to an impasse. Unless God intervened, they were sitting ducks to the Egyptian army. But God opened the Red Sea. God led them into the wilderness where there was no water. They could die. But God intervened and caused water to flow out of the rock. God led them to cross the Jordon at flood stage. Couldn’t God have chosen a less difficult time? No, He chose one of the most difficult times to cross for a purpose. In their history, there was always enemies and numbers way too big for them to conquer. This was by God’s design. You may be facing giants in your life. Do not fear. God is in this. He always gives the victory. Often He chooses the hard way so that we will come to the end of ourselves and trust only in Him. Then He gets all the glory. Trust Him to make a way.

Pastor Allen

 



Can You See the Vision?

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 Proverbs 29:18 in my King James Bible says “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The New King James translation states, “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.” The vision, or the revelation that comes from God will keep us going straight. Often, people wander from the right path because they don’t have any direction, no Word from God, no vision of God’s will and goodness. Today, we have vision that should keep us personally safe and protected. This vision or revelation is that God has a place in His word for us. Our vision is to reach out with the love of Jesus to hurting and confused and lost people. Our vision is to see His Kingdom grow and our church being a part of that growth. Please pray with us. We want to have eyes to see His revelation and vision. Can you see the vision of people saved, delivered, set free?

Pastor Allen

 



Direction & Wisdom

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 It has been my great and wonderful privilege to be your pastor for this past year. According to our church bylaws I get a year after first being elected and then you vote the next time whether you want to keep me or not. Our Business meeting this evening will also decide who will serve the next three years as board members. The nominating committee have nominated Gil Hayes,
Mark Keimig, Caleb McLean and Bruce Derryberry to fill two spots on the board. Any of these men of integrity would be great picks. Please be in prayer for the Lord’s direction and wisdom concerning our future. We have a job to do and we want to be positioned to do that job most effectively for our Lord. I look forward to sharing with you our vision for the future. 

Pastor Allen

 



Evangelize, Equip, Empower

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 Today we highlight our Royal Ranger program. It is the best program out there for young men (and also for girls). The mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christ-like young people and lifelong servant leaders. They learn to study and apply what the Bible says about integrity, doctrine, biblical worldview, cultural issues and adulthood. Also, the Royal Ranger ministry molds them into servant leaders, teaching them vital social, equipping, attitude, leadership and service skills. Each Wednesday evening they come together for a hands on approach to learning and growing together. I want to thank the faithful leaders and helpers in this vital program. If you know of a family that would benefit from a Bible-based ministry like this, please let us know. We would love to contact them and see families come together in growth for God’s Army.

Pastor Allen

 



Four Kinds of Hearts

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 Are you ready for good seed to come into your life? Jesus gives the parable of the four kinds of receptivity, which really is four kinds of hearts. The first is those who care little about what is being said and Satan immediately snatches the seed so it has no effect. The second is those who like what they hear and receive the word but they don’t invest time, study or meditation into it. Consequently, nothing goes very deep and when hard times come they wither away. The third is those who actually have pretty good soil and great potential. They even spring up pretty well, but they don’t have clear focus. They allow so many other things in their life that the good word is choked out and they don’t produce much. The fourth is what we want to be. They receive the Word of God eagerly and joyfully with a clear focus of producing a harvest. What kind of soil are you this morning?   


Pastor Allen

 



Worship Is A Verb

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 Welcome to our worship service. Worship is not merely a noun, it also is a verb. It is an activity that we must be involved. Worship is not a spectator sport. Worship is not even an idea that we determine how it is expressed. There are many ways to express worship, but according to the Bible most involve more than merely thinking worshipful thoughts. The Bible teaches us how to worship by telling us to lift our hands, shout to the Lord, make a joyful sound, dance, whirl about, kneel, stand, sing, play musical instruments, express with our body what our hearts and minds believe. Biblical worship is hardly ever merely quiet meditation. It is an activity full of joy, faith, love, devotion and appreciation. It is now time to worship.

 Join me this morning in true worship in spirit and in truth.

Pastor Allen