Wednesday, September 29, 2004
"Our mission is to make known the gospel of Jesus Christ, to disciple one another in the Word of God, to join together in worship and fellowship, and to minister to our community through witnessing and service."
Our four points of focus are on:
Well anyhoo, tell me what you think! You don't actually have to be in the group to comment so fire away!
I'll be back soon...
Friday, September 24, 2004
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in the mighty expanse.
2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord! (Alleluia)
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
The difference between Christianity and all of the other religions out there can be summed up in one five-letter word: GRACE! Grace is the unmerited favor of God. What that means is that we as fallen people can not do anything to earn, work for, or put God in a position where He is obligated to bless us either with salvation or any other spiritual blessing. It is completely of Him. Romans 11: 34-36 says, “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” The entire genuine Christian experience has its foundation on the grace that God shows us. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 says, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” The sufficiency of God’s grace for our daily lives flows from the infinite power and goodness of God.
Our future hope of heaven is based on the grace of God. We can be thankful and rest in the confidence that since God has shown us grace He will complete the work He began (Philippians 1:6). Romans 5:2 says that we stand in the grace of God and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. This means that we live in a position of grace now knowing that we are saved and will remain saved so that we will see the glory of God when he brings us to His heaven. Our hope of heaven is in the grace of God. In Ephesians 2:4-7, the Apostle Paul writes, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Grace is found in Jesus (1 Cor. 1:4, 2 Cor. 9:13-15). Paul says in 2 Corinthians 8:9 that in order for us to experience the spiritual riches of Christ He had to become poor. His humiliation on the Cross, through His blood, secured for believers these riches that are only found in Jesus (Eph. 1:6-7).
This grace in our lives causes us to praise God with thanksgiving. Second Corinthians 4:15 says, “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” Peter teaches in his first epistle that God’s grace is our motivation toward holiness (1 Peter 1:13-17). When we are struggling we can go to the Lord to receive from Him grace to help us (Hebrews 4:16). Paul went to the Lord in prayer on three occasions to ask for alleviation of his trial and the Lord responded that His grace was sufficient (2 Cor. 11:7-10). Finally, let me encourage you with the same words with which Paul encouraged Timothy: “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” We need to live lives of confident strength as Christians. We do this through the reliance on all of the grace that God has given to us, is giving to us, and the grace that is yet future. As we go through life, we can face all things with confidence, hope, and praise, bringing glory to God all because of that five-letter word, GRACE!
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
What am I, the weakest link or something?
Now I have to find an open class and beg to be let in. Please pray for me. I am so glad that I just found this verse about 5 minutes ago. I can really use it.:
1 Cor 14:33
"For God is not a God of disorder but of peace."
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Be in prayer for our nation today and remember how big God is. He is sovereign. May our leaders be directed to do God's will in this nation. Go out and do something for someone else today and let them know that God loves them. Please pray for my church as well as one of our most cherished members passed away last night. Pray for our church family as well as his. Thanks guys.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Anyhoo, talk to you all soon!
-HoHo... The Dagron
Monday, September 06, 2004
And on to our next topic:
Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."
Saturday, September 04, 2004
= ( boo hoo
(that means I'm sad)
Moving right along, here we go.
Jer 31:31 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Eze 36:22 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will
know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanliness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my
God is so cool. He makes us HIS people and no matter what, one way or another we will act like it. He stakes His reputation on us. Ouch that hurts even me. So... like it has been said. Get a spine,
it's time to shine!