Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thursdays Thoughts...

LIVING IN VICTORY...

As life brings real battles... spiritual.... emotional... physical... relational and more, we need to never forget that we have something lost people do not. We have God and the ability to place our faith in Him. When we act upon our faith, it pleases God. When we understand what scripture teaches us about living life as a Christian (by faith), it pleases God.

Read this verse a few times...
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Cor. 2:14 - NIV
When you read it, emphasize the word I put in italics. The word "always". You might ask if this is true, why do I not "always" triumph in my life. Manley Beasley states the following... "We need to face the reality that there are some areas of our life which we are not triumphant Christians. We are not conquering Christians."

He goes on to speak of the reality of areas in our life which are not being lived out by faith. These are the areas where we will not triumph... will not find victory. 

"True faith bids eternal truth to become present reality."
"Faith is acting as though a thing is so, when it is not so, in order for it to be so, because it is so."
- Manley Beasley Sr.
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NOT FORGOTTEN...

What a joy to get together each Friday with my "Friday, I can't do Saturday group". A great time of fellowship, singing, Bible study and eats. It begins at 2 and ends when all the toenails are finished being painted (at least that was last week). For those of you wondering, I did not have my toes painted. You will have to trust me, I am not taking my shoes off to prove it.

There are a few who come to the Bible Study on Friday and then join us on Saturday. You are double encouragers. Thank you from your favorite Pastor.
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GLAD WE WERE HOME

No one I know wants to find their home/apartment is flooding or has been flooded. Well, just before 10 pm last night we discovered the back 1/2 of our apartment was under about an inch of water and the water was creeping towards the front end of the apartment. I do not want t say this was not bad because any flood of any size that needs to be fought back and then cleaned up is a tragedy. Our tragedy was on the small scale of tragedies.

A big thank you goes t our wonderful security guys who immediately engaged themselves in the situation to get the right people there to help with the water.

Thinking like an American, I wondered what was going on below us (we are on the 19th floor). I do not know and am not sure if I really want to know.

Everything is back in place and for the most part it was just an inconvenience.
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DO NOT MISS...

Mark your calendars for April 1, 2018. We will be meeting at Palace Beach at 6:00 am for our annual SonRise service. Music --- message --- mean --- baptism.

If you are interested in baptism and have not spoken to us yet, please contact Matt. Pastor Yesu and his church will be joining us and their baptism candidates are ready.

Bring some food for breakfast. I will give more details on things as I get them.

I LOVE EASTER...
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My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!

Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Ephesians 3:14-21 - the Message

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