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BIBLE - In the New Testament the Church is called:

- The Temple Of God (1 Corinthians 3:16)
- The bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-32)
- The body of Christ (Colossians 1:18, 24 & Ephesians 1:22-23)
- The Kingdom of God's Son (Colossians 1:13)
- The House of God (1 Timothy 3:15)
- The Church of God (1 Corinthians 1:2)
- The Church of the first Born (Hebrews 12:23)
- The Church of the Lord (Acts 20:28)
- The Churches of Christ (Romans 16:16)




BIBLE - You should know that the Church is:

- Built by Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:13-18)
- Purchased by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28)
- Built on Jesus Christ as the only foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11)
- Not built on Peter, Paul, or any other man (1 Corinthians 1:12-13)




BIBLE - The Lord Jesus Christ:

- Loved the Church ( Ephesians 5:25 )
- Adds saved people to the Church ( Acts 2:47 )
- Is the Head of the Church ( Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23 )
- Will save the Church ( Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23 )
- Is coming for those who love Him ( 1 Corinthians 16: 22-23 )




BIBLE - The Faithful Church will:

- Worship in Spirit and in Truth ( John 4: 23-24 )
- Give their bodies a living sacrifice in worship ( Romans 12: 1-2 )
- Offer to God a sacrifice of praise ( Hebrew 13: 15 )
- Meet on the first day of the week ( Acts 20: 7; Hebrews 10: 25 )
- Pray ( Acts 2: 42; 1 Timothy 2: 1 - 2; 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 )
- Sing, making melody with one's heart ( Ephesians 5: 19; Colossians 3: 16 )
- Eat the Lord's supper on the first day of the week ( Acts 20: 7; Matthew 26: 26 - 30; 1 Corinthians 11: 20 - 32 )
- Give, liberally and cheerfully ( 1 Corinthians 16: 1 - 2; 2 Corinthians 8: 1 - 5. 19: 6 - 8 )
- Walk in newness of life ( Romans 6: 3 - 6 )




BIBLE - To enter the Church, you must:

- Believe in Jesus Christ, our savior ( Hebrews 11: 6; Acts 16: 31 )
- Repent of your sins ( Luke 13: 3; Acts 2: 38; 3: 19; 17: 30 )
- Confess faith in Christ ( Matthew 10: 32; Acts 8: 37; Romans 10: 9-10 )
- Be baptized ( Matthew 28:19; Mark 16: 16; Acts 2: 38; 10: 48; 22:16 )




BIBLE - Know that Baptism requires:

- The answer of a good conscience towards God ( 1 Peter 3: 21 )
- Much water ( Acts 10: 47 )
- Going down into the water ( Acts 8: 36 - 38 )
- A burial in water ( Romans 6: 3 - 4; Colossians 2: 12 )
- A new birth ( Romans 6: 4; Colossians 2: 12 )
- A washing ( Acts 22: 16; Hebrews 10: 22 )




BIBLE - By Baptism:

- Sins are washed away by the blood of Christ ( Acts 22: 16; Hebrews 9: 22; 10: 22; 1 Peter 3:21 )
- You put on Christ and become a child of God ( Galatians 3: 26 - 27 )
- You are a new creature ( 2 Corinthians 5:17 )
- You obey Christ ( Mark 16:15 - 16; Acts 10:48; 2 Thessalonians 1:7 - 9 )




BIBLE - In the New Testament times there was:

- One family of God ( Ephesians 3:15; 1 Timothy 3:15 )
- One kingdom of Christ ( Matthew 16:18 - 19 )
- One body of Christ ( Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22 - 23; 4:4 )
- One bride of Christ ( Romans 7:1 - 7; Ephesians 5:22 - 32 )
- One church of Christ ( Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22 - 23; 4:4 - 6 )




BIBLE - The same Church today:

- Is guided by the same word ( 1 Peter 1:22 - 25; 2 Timothy 3:16 - 17 )
- Contends for the one Faith ( Jude 3; Ephesians 4:5 )
- Pleads for unity of all believers ( Ephesians 4:4 - 6 )
- Is not a denomination ( 1 Corinthians 1:10 - 13; Ephesians 4:1 - 6 )
- Is faithful to Christ ( Luke 6:46; Revelations 2:10; Mark 8:38 )
- Wears the name of Christ ( Romans 16:16 Acts 11:26 1 Peter 4:16 )




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Beaumont Church of Christ
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Beaumont, California
92223

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Paul's Ponder


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Paul's Ponder
Posted on July 7, 2024

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Paul’s Ponder

I am writing this on Thursday, the fourth of July. On all sides of me there are fireworks going off. Debbie and I went out into the back yard to watch the spectacle. I moved around to try to position myself to get the best view of the best show. I ended up on our hammock.

As I sat on the hammock surrounded by booms and pops, flashes of colored lights and honking horns when alarms go off, I laid back. Not able to see the horizon well, I looked up. Then it hit me. Despite all the beautiful and spectacular fireworks, all the oohs and ahhhs, there is nothing that compares with the grandeur or magnificence of the heavenly expanse at night. The best firework display doesn’t hold a candle to a single star shinning in the heavens.

1
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19

Just Pondering







Posted on April 14, 2024

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Paul’s Ponder

We don’t know how young she was. We don’t even know her name or where she is from. She is just described in the Bible as “a young girl”. We do know that her life had been turbulent. In her young life she had witnessed a band of raiders from Aram plunder her village. Villages are not plundered without much blood and resistance. She may have witnessed the slaughter of her family and relatives and she was saved because they thought her valuable as a slave and no threat as a young girl. Developing a great hatred and anger toward her captors would be a natural response.

She was assigned to serve in a prominent family, probably because of her abilities and intellect. Slaves are not selected for prominent families unless there is a good reason. Ask Joseph. We do know that, like Joseph, she was a girl of faith. Because of that faith she was not filled with hate, but was willing to help her mistress whom she served and her mistress’ husband whom she didn’t serve. We also know that she had gained such respect from her Mistress and her husband that he took her suggestion to the King of Aram.

You know the story of what happened to her master when he followed the young girl’s advice. She simply told her mistress about her faith in God and how depending on God could change their life. One sentence by a young girl did change the life of her Mistress and Master. One sentence that a slave uttered to a prominent woman who shared it with her husband. One sentence of faith that lives as an example today, that is taught to even our young people. One sentence of faith that led to seven dips in the Jordan River. One sentence of faith that said:

“If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”

2 Kings 5 reveals that Naaman was cured, just as the young girl said. As Paul Harvey would say, “And now you know, the rest of the story.”

Just Pondering








Posted on April 21, 2024

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Paul’s Ponder

Our existence depends on the sun, just as our existence and salvation depends upon the Son. We have nothing to do with either, we just reap the benefits.
The sun is huge, with a diameter 109 times that of earth. The sun is powerful and remains at a respectable distance of about 8 light minutes (149,600,000 km) so that we can live. Its surface area is 12,000 times that of the earth.
The moon is relatively small. It is 27% the size of the earth. It appears large because it is only 384,400 km away. The diameter of the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun. The moon is 400 times closer to the earth. God did an amazing thing with the lesser and greater lights. Many saw that relationship last week during the eclipse.
God positioned the sun and the moon in such a position so that the huge sun could be completely covered by a little moon and block the strong rays of the sun. Southern California saw no affect because the suns rays are so powerful there was no change in the brightness. Other millions saw the darkness that lasted several minutes.
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
Matthew 27:45
All of God’s incomprehensible planning, the position of the sun and moon, the ratio of the moon to the sun, the distance from the earth, all came into play when Jesus was crucified, and not for minutes but for three hours.

How great is our God!!!

Just Pondering










Princess Warriors


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Princess Warriors

Posted on July 7, 2024

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Sweet Sisters,

How does it make you feel when you realize that someone who has expressed love and devotion to you is actually “faking you out”? You aren’t actually important to this person at all. For reasons of their own, they only wanted you to think you were. How do you handle the situation when you become aware of it?

In today’s lesson from the book of Isaiah, we see how God deals with such a situation.

We will be looking at chapter 58. Once again I’m going to teach from the New Century Version. Feel free to compare it with your favorite version.

As the chapter opens up, God tells Isaiah to shout out with a loud voice. He says, “Hold nothing back”. God is upset and He wants His people to know why. Isaiah 58:1:

The Lord says, “Shout out loud. Don’t hold back.
Shout out loud like a trumpet.
Tell my people what they have done against their God;
tell the family of Jacob about their sins.

God starts off by saying, you want my approval and my help. You feel like I’m not hearing you. Well, guess what? I’m not! (Debbie’s version of verses two through three)

The last part of verse three through verse five tells why.

But the Lord says, “You do what pleases yourselves on these special days,
and you are unfair to your workers.
4
On these special days when you fast, you argue and fight
and hit each other with your fists.
You cannot do these things as you do now
and believe your prayers are heard in heaven.
5
This kind of special day is not what I want.
This is not the way I want people to be sorry for what they have done.
I don’t want people just to bow their heads like a plant
and wear rough cloth and lie in ashes to show their sadness.
This is what you do on your special days when you fast,
but do you think this is what the Lord wants?

God’s people were performing the appropriate acts of worship required of them; fasting and keeping the Sabbath. On the outside they looked good, but on the inside their hearts were full of evilness and greed.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ day did the same thing:

Matthew 23:1-7

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his followers, 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have the authority to tell you what the law of Moses says. 3 So you should obey and follow whatever they tell you, but their lives are not good examples for you to follow. They tell you to do things, but they themselves don’t do them. 4 They make strict rules and try to force people to obey them, but they are unwilling to help those who struggle under the weight of their rules.
5 “They do good things so that other people will see them. They enlarge the little boxes holding Scriptures that they wear, and they make their special prayer clothes very long. 6 Those Pharisees and teachers of the law love to have the most important seats at feasts and in the synagogues. 7 They love people to greet them with respect in the marketplaces, and they love to have people call them ‘Teacher.’
Matthew 23:27-28

27 “How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You are like tombs that are painted white. Outside, those tombs look fine, but inside, they are full of the bones of dead people and all kinds of unclean things. 28 It is the same with you. People look at you and think you are good, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and evil.
What were the people of Isaiah’s time doing?
What were the Pharisees doing?
In Isaiah 58:6-7, God tells the people what He wants.
6
“I will tell you the kind of fast I want:
Free the people you have put in prison unfairly
and undo their chains.
Free those to whom you are unfair
and stop their hard labor.
7
Share your food with the hungry
and bring poor, homeless people into your own homes.
When you see someone who has no clothes, give him yours,
and don’t refuse to help your own relatives.

What is it? Is He saying He wants their actions to back up their worship?

In verses eight through nine, God promises what will happen if they start changing how they are living!

8
Then your light will shine like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your God will walk before you,
and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9
Then you will call out, and the Lord will answer.
You will cry out, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

What are those promises? There are seven. Can you find them?

God gets even more specific about what He wants in the last part of verses nine through ten.

“If you stop making trouble for others,
if you stop using cruel words and pointing your finger at others,
10
if you feed those who are hungry
and take care of the needs of those who are troubled,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and you will be bright like sunshine at noon.

What exactly does God want them to stop doing?What does He want them to do?

Once more in verses eleven and twelve, God makes promises about what He will do when they do what He asks.

11
The Lord will always lead you.
He will satisfy your needs in dry lands
and give strength to your bones.
You will be like a garden that has much water,
like a spring that never runs dry.
12
Your people will rebuild the old cities that are now in ruins;
you will rebuild their foundations.
You will be known for repairing the broken places
and for rebuilding the roads and houses.

What are those promises? I found eight. Do you see them?

Let me ask you a question about verse twelve. Is it physical or spiritual? Or maybe both? There would come a time when God’s people would rebuild the walls and city of Jerusalem. The book of Nehemiah talks about that.

Did you notice that everything God wanted His people to do involved how they treated the people around them? Is it possible that when we treat people the way God wants, that we can:

• rebuild the walls of cities now in ruins
• rebuild foundations that have collapsed
• repair/mend broken places (like hearts and spirits)
• rebuild roads and houses

There is an old saying:
Change the way you think,
And you will change the way you live.

God says that if they do these things, they “will be known for doing them.”

Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2, that our worship is the way we live our lives and the way we think.

So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. 2 Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.
Isaiah finishes up chapter 58 with verses thirteen and fourteen by describing how God wants them to live on the Sabbath.

13
“You must obey God’s law about the Sabbath
and not do what pleases yourselves on that holy day.
You should call the Sabbath a joyful day
and honor it as the Lord’s holy day.
You should honor it by not doing whatever you please
nor saying whatever you please on that day.
14
Then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will carry you to the high places above the earth.
I will let you eat the crops of the land your ancestor Jacob had.”
The Lord has said these things.

Sweet Sisters, what do these verses mean for Gods people today? If we continue with what we learned in Romans 12:1-2, then everyday is a special, holy day. If we live it in a way that honors God, then we will find joy in the Lord and His blessings.


Debbie






Posted on June 30, 2024

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Sweet Sisters,

Isaiah 55 is a beautiful chapter about the promises of God. As we study it today, I will be using the New Century Version of the Bible.

Let’s begin with verses one and two:

The Lord says, “All you who are thirsty,
come and drink.
Those of you who do not have money,
come, buy and eat!
Come buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2
Why spend your money on something that is not real food?
Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you?
Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.

The Lord offers an invitation in verse 1 to come and drink if you are thirsty. Have you noticed that when you get really thirsty, not just anything will quench your thirst? Some beverages will actually make it worse.

The Lord is promising here that what He has to offer will indeed quench one’s thirst. It reminds me of what Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4:11-14:

11 The woman said, “Sir, where will you get this living water? The well is very deep, and you have nothing to get water with. 12 Are you greater than Jacob, our father, who gave us this well and drank from it himself along with his sons and flocks?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.”
Jesus also uses this metaphor in John 7:37-38:

37 On the last and most important day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person’s heart, as the Scripture says.”
Mankind cannot survive without water. Water fulfills our deepest physical need. The Lord is saying that He is the answer to our greatest need. He goes on to say that if you have nothing to barter with, come anyway. If you are broke and have nothing to offer, come anyway. God works best in your lives when we come to Him empty handed. When we have nothing to offer but ourselves.

The Lord then speaks to those who are trying to do it on their own but are not finding what they are looking for. He says, “Listen to me. I have what will satisfy you.” How often do we have to experience looking for happiness in all the wrong places? The Lord truly satisfies the desires of our hearts.

The Lord continues in Isaiah 55, verses 3 - 5, to describe just how precious is what He offers.

3
Come to me and listen;
listen to me so you may live.
I will make an agreement with you that will last forever.
I will give you the blessings I promised to David.
4
I made David a witness of my power for all nations,
a ruler and commander of many nations.
5
You will call for nations that you don’t yet know.
And these nations that do not know you will run to you
because of the Lord your God,
because of the Holy One of Israel who honors you.”

I love the first statement He makes: “Come. Listen. And live”. We must go through a process. The first thing we are told in verse 1 is to come. We come. We listen and if we do what we hear we will live. The promise He is making will last forever. He made it first to David. A promise that salvation was coming not only to David and his people, but to all people who would come after Him. It is a promise of unfailing love, mercy, grace and redemption.

Verses six and seven tell us what our response should be:

6
So you should look for the Lord before it is too late;
you should call to him while he is near.
7
The wicked should stop doing wrong,
and they should stop their evil thoughts.
They should return to the Lord so he may have mercy on them.
They should come to our God, because he will freely forgive them.

1) We should look for Him
2) We should call on Him
3) We should stop doing wrong and thinking evil thoughts
4) We should return (repent) to the Lord to receive mercy
5) We should come to God to receive forgiveness

Verses eight through eleven are some of the most beautiful passages in the book of Isaiah:

8
The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts.
Your ways are not like my ways.
9
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10
Rain and snow fall from the sky
and don’t return without watering the ground.
They cause the plants to sprout and grow,
making seeds for the farmer
and bread for the people.
11
The same thing is true of the words I speak.
They will not return to me empty.
They make the things happen that I want to happen,
and they succeed in doing what I send them to do.


The Lord is basically saying, “You are never going to understand just how wonderful what I am offering to you is. Just as you look around you and see how I work through nature, my words work the same way. The accomplish exactly what I want them to accomplish.”

Sweet Sisters, if God says it, we can absolutely trust it! He is faithful and true. He can not lie. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His words make things happen!

We finish our study of Isaiah 55 with verses twelve and thirteen:

12
“So you will go out with joy
and be led out in peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees in the fields will clap their hands.
13
Large cypress trees will grow where thornbushes were.
Myrtle trees will grow where weeds were.
These things will be a reminder of the Lord’s promise,
and this reminder will never be destroyed.”

I find it interesting that verse twelve begins with the word, “so”. Other words that could have been used instead of “so” are:
therefore
accordingly
consequently

Isaiah begins verse twelve by saying, because of what the Lord has said up to this point, this is what is going to happen now. Life is going to be very good. The Lord is going to bless you because you have chosen to come to Him, listen to Him and live for Him. Instead of life being filled with thorns and weeds, it will be filled with healing, strength and eternal life.

Debbie












Posted on June 23, 2024

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Sweet Sisters,

In today’s lesson we will be looking at one of the most familiar passages in all of the Bible. Our passage is found in Isaiah 53.

Isaiah 53 is about the atonement of Jesus Christ. Atonement in Hebrew is “ Kippur”. It means two things:
1). to repay a debt
2) to purify

Atonement is to suffer the penalty for sins, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him or her to be reconciled to God. Paul, the apostle, talks about this in the book of Romans.

Romans 3:25

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished…
Romans 5:9

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Isaiah starts out in Isaiah 53:1 by taking about the “arm of the Lord”.

Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

The arm of the Lord is a picture of the strength, power and might of the Servant-Messiah. Everything He did, He chose to do. Remember meekness is defined as “power under control”.

Isaiah 53:2 gives us information about Jesus’ appearance.

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

There was nothing about Jesus’ appearance to make Him stand out. He looked like the average Jewish man of His day.

Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews were looking for, or that we were looking for. People expected Him to come with a lot of pomp and glory. When He chose to come the way He did, He was despised and rejected. He didn’t meet people’s expectations.

My Paul talked in his sermon recently, about how Jesus’ life was a series of small crosses that led to the ultimate cross. Jesus suffered in countless ways we will never understand.

Isaiah 53:4-6

4
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
I want to point out in these verses what Jesus chose to do in spite of how those He came to redeem reacted to Him.
- He took up our pain
• He bore our suffering
• He was pierced for our transgressions (an act that goes against a law, rule or code of conduct)
• He was crushed for our iniquities (immoral or grossly unfair behavior, complete injustice)
• By His wounds we were healed
• (My translation) God laid upon Him all the bad stuff we had done.

Jesus was willing to go through all this even though we were stubborn and rebellious.

Isaiah 53:7-9:

7
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
These verses show how Jesus responded to all the injustices and suffering He experienced at the hands of men. He reacted like a lamb going to slaughter. He said nothing. He just did it. He substituted Himself for us because He loved us so much and because He was obedient to His Father.

Verse 8 is so sad: Yet who of his generation protested? No one stood up for Him. Most of His own disciples abandoned Him.

Isaiah 53:10-12

10
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11
After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

We learn that all Jesus went through was part of God’s plan to redeem His people. Jesus offered Himself as a guilt offering for our sins. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves. This pleased God. God did not allow Jesus to remain dead. God raised Him from the dead. He exalted Him. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice. All would bow down to Him and acknowledge that He was Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11

9
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:17-20

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Sweet Sisters, Isaiah 53 tells the “greatest story ever told” 700 years before it actually took place.


Debbie

Paul and Rana arrived home June 23rd about 12:30 am. They had a wonderful adventure on their missionary adventure.












Peter's Message

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Peter's Message
Posted on  December 3, 2023

Masters of the Storm

In times of need we may call out to God asking ‘to be taken out of the storm’. We may later reconsider and ask God to ‘calm the storm’, or we may request that He be with us 'in the storm’. Storms are inevitable! Jesus told His disciples that they would receive many blessings ‘with persecutions’ (storms). Paul understood what He meant and said that through trials and temptations that ‘we persevere’. James, the brother of Jesus, said we should ‘count it all joy’ in our trials, and Peter added that we should embrace our suffering in the name of Jesus Christ.

God knows what is needed before people ask, and that He responds when asked. God wants what is best for all people. While Jesus was in the midst of His own storm; facing crucifixion, He relied on God and prayed ‘not My will but Thine’. Parents know that children need godly discipline—Jesus subjected Himself to His parents. Some may not appreciate discipline and may only recognize it’s value later in life—God disciplines those He loves.

God gave Adam and Eve ‘Paradise’; free of storms—they were unappreciative. Today, it is a common practice to ask God for blessings and to live ‘storm free’. Few ask to be challenged or disciplined. All people are given the choice to choose the wide road or the narrow road, the hard road or the easy road. God, our Heavenly Father, places storms in our lives to strengthen us, not to defeat us! As Christians, we delight in our struggles for ‘the joy set before us’. Overcoming a difficult task is exhilarating! Instead of asking God to remove unwanted obstacles let’s ask for the strength to endure and become ‘masters of the storm’. Peter






Peter's Message

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Posted on  November 5, 2023

Jesus is called ‘The Lamb of God’. He is also known as Light, Love, Lord, and Lion (of Judah). Creation is a reflection of Jesus; the Creator, made with precision and with purpose. Nothing created is without value or significance.

Jesus is also known as ‘The Good Shepherd.’ He is the shepherd of His sheep and the perfect sacrifice for them. Shepherds are held in high esteem; willing to defend their flock against all predators and willing to stay awake and on guard through the night. Shepherds care for the entire flock, risking their lives for the 99 and one that is lost. Sheep have a special place in the hearts of shepherds who often care for them as their children. Shepherds know how to protect their flock with their lives.

People have taken lambs into their hearts as some do domestic pets. To require of a shepherd that a first born lamb, in full health, be used as a sacrifice is to demand the very best. It is a sacrifice for the shepherd and lamb! Jesus willingly became a sacrifice and went to His death with ‘joy set before Him’, as did God, the Father, make a sacrifice for His ‘love of the world’. He gave His only begotten Son. Mary, Jesus earthy mother, was with Him at His death, suffering silently. Both God the Father and Son purposed to save mankind at the right time and manner—they willingly gave the very best of themselves and heaven. Peter





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Posted on  October 1, 2023

Moses, a servant of God, was chosen by God to deliver His law in what is known as the Ten Commandments, and to set them as God’s standard for His people, Israel. There are two sections: respect for God and respect for fellow man. Many more commands given through Moses have formed the basis of Jewish religious law through the centuries.

Jesus, the Son of God, was chosen by God to speak His words for all people; all nations of the world. Jesus, the Word of God, stated, ‘My words will judge you in the last day’. Jesus has many attributes and is known by several well known titles: He is Christ the Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, High Priest and Advocate, Great Shepherd and Prince of Peace.

Jesus’ word is God’s Christian standard. On earth, all nations have requirements for all citizens that are accepted as legal and right. By what standard-of-law, then, does God require for entrance into heaven? The Greatest Command Jesus spoke is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:28-30).

Jesus showed His love for all people by His willingness to forgive sin. Forgiveness is His gift and response to repentance. Jesus is our righteous judge and advocate, and we will appear before His judgment-seat (II Corinthians 5:10, I John 2:1). By His words, eternal life is given to all who hear and believe—these do not come into judgment (John 5:24). Peter









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