“God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. psalm.P 36:5, 6
July 26th Summer Baptism @ 12:30 PM At The Boat Ramp
The Bible teaches that the greatest goals we can have in life are to pursue a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and be a part of a loving community of believers. Our Connection Classes are designed to help you begin a life-long process of growing closer to the Lord and others.
Wednesday @ 6:30 PM
Bible Study/ Divine Healing/ Teacher: Pastor Bright/ Where: Sunday School Room next to the Annex
Friday @ 6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting/ Where: Sanctuary/ Use front Door
Sunday @ 09:30 AM
Sunday Class/ Sunday Morning Worship/ Fellowship/ A Message from God’s Word presented by Senior Pastor Walter/ Theme: The power of Promise
Grab some Coffee and some Donuts just before Sunday School and connect with other believers in a time of fellowship. There are lots to share and everything is totally free…
9;15 AM Every Sunday Morning
Everybody wants a great relationship, a great marriage. Everybody wants a good job, you know, job security. Everybody want a church they can call home. Not too many, though, want to do what’s necessary to make it happen where they are.
My wife and I went to a TWENTYFOURHOUR pastors workshop and it pumped a ton of vision and possibilities into our ministry. Over the past three months I have been pouring into my leadership team. We just completed a great book by Shannon O’Dell. It was not only a great read, his humor great sense of imagination made for a pleasant read. We would like to share with you 10 qoutes that stood out as we read O’Dell’s book. Here are the quotes:
Don’t settle for good intentions, but God-led interventions. Don’t settle for good activities, but accomplishments. And above all, be obedient to the call of God, allowing God to consume idle sticks so that you can burn for him.
The first, or even the moment when you know something needs to change, is an opportunity to be expectant about God moving in your ministry.
When you desire to grow congregants, then you are going to see transformation in their lives and within the church.
It’s not always easy to implement change in your ministry at a church with deeply ingrained traditions. Change often means some conflict, but change is vital in fulfilling God’s call in your life.
Vision is us in action, hearing what God wants us to do then providing the vehicle to allow that vision to come to fruition.
everyone likes change – except when it makes things different. What we want is yesterday, today, and tomorrow all tied up in one neat little package – a package that does not exist. what we need is a well-honed attitude emerging from a disciplined mind and a faithful heart.
The people who leave your church today will be pumping gas next to you tomorrow, and the next day they will be shopping on row 12 at the Walmart just like you, because there is only one Walmart in your whole county.
It is very difficult to challenge the family dynasties that “own” most rural churches. Rural churches are in bondage. They are enslaved to the “seemed to be leaders,” crippled by bureaucracy and tradition that can make true leaders fearful to make decisions and chart clear direction.
In the end, it was the salvation of our church. certain things hand to die so we could be set free to live.
Leadership is resisting the urge to settle.
My life, my wife, and my marriage have got to be red-hot, because a red-hot marriage and a functional family is the most powerful evangelistic tool in rural America.
The main focus of our marriage is not to stay “in love.” The main focus of marriage is obedience to God because He has called you to continue to love regardless.
Leadership is born out of life change. Leaders emerge when someone’s life is transformed on the inside, not when you bring in a hired gun from the outside. Therefore, leadership is not professional, it’s personal.
If you don’t love people, you are not called.
Small doesn’t have to mean boring. Rural doesn’t have to mean a lack of innovation. Excellence is not found in the detail or design of a building. Success is not found in the building’s size.
Endurance is excellence over a long haul.
God works in obscurity, but his vision and dreams are generally very clear – even if he reveals them only one small step at a time.
People with little vision always go after with big vision. Anytime God has called you to a bigger vision, there is always someone within arm’s reach who will gently try to choke the dream out of you. At these times you might need to fight fire with fire.
Enthusiasm will fade away and those without it run for cover. But the leader who has passion will barely yield.
People with God-size dreams are practical and don’t react or overreact. They just act. It’s God’s vision, it’s God’s will, and so they practically approach it in obedience.
Let the godly sing for joy to the LORD; it is fitting for the pure to praise him. Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. (Psalms 33:1-3 NLT)
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1 Chronicles 21:24
But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
I have always heard this passage use in the context of a fundraiser. Where the preacher urges the congregation or his audience to reach deep within their pockets and give an extravagant financial gift.
I love the simplicity and the power of this challenge, but too often my desire to give disappear because the challenge is coming from, well, another TV evangelist, who always seem to want my money. My somewhat skeptical feeling is somehow true – because half or none of what I am being asked to give, really goes toward that cause.
I think, in many ways, we have lost the act of motivating others to make greater impact with their…
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Temptation is common to all men
The Bible tell us that temptation is common to all men. We should never thing it strange when tempted. We should never think that our struggle to resist temptation is unique to us alone. Jesus urged his disciples when He walked the face of the earth to develop a life of watching and praying so that they wouldn’t fall into temptation. In other places in the Bible, it says, that sin is constantly knocking at our door, and Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We must do everything to resist temptation and sin by drawing near to God.
How does one overcome temptation?
James give us a strategy in his book chapter 1. Let’s take a look at what he teaches.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of…
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We are going to kick off the New Year with a message from Judges 7. Pastor Bright will speak from the title: what would your most formidable enemy say about you? This message is about God’s intent to reveal to us what he thinks about us; how he believes in us; how much potential he put in us; and how he longs for us to get that revelation. Sometimes He might even use our enemies to paint that picture for us.
He is an excerpt from Judges 7:
That same night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant. And you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outposts of the armed men who were in the camp. And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance. When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.” And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.” As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the host of Midian into your hand.” And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars. And he said to them, “Look at me, and do likewise. When I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’” (Judges 7:9-18 ESV)
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Every time the Christmas season comes around, and when you read stories like that of Elizabeth’s, it invokes a sense of expectation. Like, this could be my time to bring forth what I’ve been praying for.
Nine decades had pass. Old age had set in. The possibility of conceiving a child; the shot at giving birth to one or the hope that one day this could happen was no longer on her mind.
Her best friends, some of whom she still prays for, as part of a priestly family, were now enjoying the laughter of grand babies, great grand babies but she was still without child.
Anyone of us, even the strongest among us will begin to think that God has forgotten us.
But God makes “everything beautiful in His time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“Your times are in His hands.” Psalm 31:15
“God is not a man, that He should lie…
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