Thanks for reading the digital bulletin for today. Let us prepare our hearts for what God has for us today in His word. James 1:22 admonishes us: "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." Everyone let us endeavor to fulfill this scripture in our daily lives.
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11 am Service
444: I LOVE YOU LORD
545: ISNT THE LOVE OF JESUS SOMETHING WONDERFUL
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
248: O HOW I LOVE JESUS
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 13:7-14
251: THE LILLY OF THE VALLEY
SERMON: " END-TIME PREPPING
INVITATION: 484 SOFTLY AND TENDERLY
1 pm Afternoon Service
267: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS JESUS
262: FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS
SERMON: "FIXING CHURCH CULTURE: Being Right with God"
INVITATION: 253 TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS
- Romans 13 is obviously a wonderful passage full of instructions on how to live the Christian life well and to victory.The initial part of the chapter encourages us about the dealing with government.It makes some general statements about government.God put them there v.1 “ordained of God”There supposed to be a terror to evil works v.3They are go be a minister of God for Good v.5They are to punish evil doers.We are to be subject to them because it is right to be submissive to authority, unless it contradicts the Word of God or our conscience, v. 5And we are to pay what is due - in both taxes, infrastructure, honoring those who are due honor.Then in goes into some responsibilities we are to live up to.Don’t owe people money. The only debt you should carry is secured debt.Don’t commit sexual sin, don’t kill, steal, lie or covet,Here is something we read into it: Treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated. The Golden rule: A good rule it is:And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.Bu this verse actually takes it a step further and says - to love them as you love yourself.We are to love our neighbor. If I have a constant battle with my literal neighbor or someone at work, at school or where ever, I’ve got the wrong attitude. We may never be best friends, but I need to quit this hateful relationship, that is my carnality coming out if I hate anyone. I’m to treat them with love.But what I want to preach about is a simple outline found in verse 11-14I. Do you know the time?One things that God expects out of His children is to know the times that times that they live in. We are not to hide in a cave - or build off grid to where no one can reach us and we can reach no one.No, God wants us in this world reaching it, but in order to do that - we must know the times, understand the culture, no the issues it faces, and be able to give an answer of hope.2 Timothy 3:1–5 (AV)This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.II. Wake Up!To wake up, we have to leave behind our attitude of apathy, pessimism or optimism and start living life the way God would have us to live it. Waking up to what is really important. There is no excuse of the born-again believer to continue sleeping in the end times.How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.III. Redemption is closer than you thinkThis is a reminder to every born again person. You redemption is so close you don’t have any idea.Sometime we can get the wrong thoughts about things in our heads, or maybe I’m alone in this - but my redemption means, saved from this old condemned body and saved from hell by the blood of Jesus Christ.That is what Christ did for us. When would condemnation have been for us without Christ. At our death. So, in like manner is our redemption.The same truth holds concerning the Resurrection. When Christ returns, if we are alive at the 2nd coming of Christ at the rapture, we will be redeemed as well.God says your redemption is close.Think about all the people this was originally written too - it has already come to pass. Throughout the history of the church - that every Christians who read this passage - this has already happened to them.It is only truer today. Our death or our rapture is just around the corner. There is not much time left to get our live on track with GodIV. Enough time has been wastedOh the wasted days of our youth. Don’t we say that. It is not a valid excuse but it is one like to point to. Well, while it may be true that you wasted your youth - why do we continue to waste our lives.Ephesians 5:15–16 (AV)See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.V. Rid yourself of the works of darknessThis is an interesting point because we all figure that works of darkness are the occult, or murder, abortions, all types of sexual sin. But I want you to understand, the ridding of ourselves of the works of darkness means different things at different levels of our walk with Christ.Certainly, we know the works of darkness is just as simple as sin itself.Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.VI. Put on God’s ArmorArmor is for protection.The Bible lists lots of things, one of the go to passages that mentions the armor the most is:Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.The passage in Ephesians 6 that talks about all the different armor is an illustrations of the things that we need to avail ourselves with in our life for God.VII. Walk CorrectlyA. In TruthHonestly and Openly“As in the day”B. Not for constant pleasure“Rioting and drunkeness” Rioting here is revelry - constant excited living.That is the ruin of America - her constant pursuit of pleasure, whether from food, from entertainment, all the time, it seeks pleasure in all things. If feels good, smells good, tastes good, sounds good, looks good - go for it.C. Not in lewdness“chambering and wantonness” is talking about the defiled bed or bedroom. All physical relationship outside of a marriage of a man and woman is lewdness - is sin. But most all that is on your television now falls into this category.D. Not in division“strife and envying”VIII. Put on ChristIn all things, in all ways in my life, I need to put on the Lord jesus Christ.If Christ is on - there is no room for the devilIf Christ is on - there is no room for the fleshIf Christ is on - there is no room for lustsIf Christ is on - there is no room for prideIf Christ is on - there is no room self-seeking pleasureIf Christ is on - I am walking in truthIf Christ is on - I am learning to wear the armor of GodIf Christ is on - I am not wasting time
In each day there are 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds-and every one of them is a precious gift from God.
Time is something we feel we never have enough of, yet we give it away so easily. Someone once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Source: Ministry 127
It took less than ten seconds for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to cover the one hundred meter distance on the Olympic track and win the gold medal in London. Those few seconds cemented his status as the “fastest man alive” and placed him on the winner’s podium once again. But the race was not won in those seconds—it was won by hours and hours of practice, workouts, weightlifting, special diet, and coaching.
The race was not won in the performance but in the preparation. It is our desire for something greater that causes us to sacrifice some things, even some good things, for the sake of things that are better.
Source: Usain Bolt: An Unauthorized Biography, Belmont And Belcourt Biographies