Saturday, June 18, 2011

NO BRAG, JUST FACT!

I REALLY SHOULD BE FINISHING UP MY SERMON right now, but I must take a few minutes to put down my thought regarding last week at Felton Bible Church.

To put it simply first I must say GOD IS GOOD! Second, I must report that I am blessed to be called the pastor at Felton Bible Church!  I serve alongside some of the greatest brothers and sister a guy could ask for.

Last week's Vacation Bible School, "God's Road Trip," was a journey to be remembered! Our leadership team is higher than top-notch.  Their creativity and tireless service is nothing less than amazing.  Our volunteer staff of over 130 never cease to amaze me. Whether they are part of the Neighborhood Kids providing the drama, or our VBS Band, or one of the Tour Leaders, kitchen help, craft team, game leaders, construction team, (they made a full-size bus for our platform!) or our great "Penny Counters" (one day they counted and rolled over 5,600 pennies alone!) all were great servants.  The only problem was trying to determine who was having more fun; the staff or the over 300 kids who attended the week-long event!?

There is so much I could share about this week, but three things stand-out as highlights. First, was the 81 children who made a public declaration of wanting to trust Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior and God! Second, was that we were able to place a copy of the Holy Bible into the hands of each of the 300+ kids who attended! Third, that the kids help to raise over $4,000.00 for our Evangelical Free Church TouchGlobal Mission project; "Every Drop Counts" to build a well in Haiti and provide for over 40 water purification units for families in Haiti!

Needless to say, I am one blessed guy. Sure, there were some battles this week (Satan was not happy with us, DUH!) But our God is stronger! And of course, we had a great group of prayer warriors world-wide!


I could go on and on, but other work calls me! I just want to say THANK YOU, LORD! And THANK YOU to ALL who made this week one of the best Vacation Bible School weeks ever!

You all ROCK!
 




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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

JESUS, WHAT A FRIEND!


JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES that He would not refer to them as servants, but as friends (John 15:15) and it is safe to say that the Apostle John was one of Jesus' closest friends. Though I am sure Jesus would never really play favorites.

This friendship with Jesus is one of the wonderful truths upon which we hold as Christians.  That we do not need to cower before some tyrant God, but we can know that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is also our friend.

The danger is that we can take this "friendship" for granted. We can too often focus on the truth of Jesus' friendship with us to the exclusion of the reality that He is God, the LORD. This reality is born out in the opening section of the Book of Revelation, and it sets the tone of the whole of the revelation that is given to John, the "beloved disciple." (John 13:23; John 21:20)


In my introductory sermon (Hope During the Hard Times), I made mention to the fact that one of the key foci of the Book of Revelation is worship, and that in all that we read throughout the Revelation worship of Jesus occurs over and over again.


As we move forward in our study our response must be like that of the Apostle John, recorded in Revelation 1:17-18
"When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said, 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to death and Hades.'"
This must be our proper response at all times.  To fall before the One who is King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16), and as He desires to be lifted up by His powerful and gracious hands.


I encourage you to join me in this ongoing study of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. (If you're in the area join us for worship at Felton Bible Church) I welcome your thoughts and questions.  I may not be able to answer them all to your satisfaction, but I pray that together we will gain, with all the saints, a better understanding of who Jesus is, and how we are to be prepared to meet Him when He comes to take us home. (John 14:1-4)


Until that day, may the gracious Lord grant us His strength and peace for the journey.


Maranatha!
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Thursday, June 02, 2011

APOCALYPSE NOW?


BY THE LOOK OF THINGS I couldn't have chosen a better time to begin a sermon series in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Choose any television station's nightly news and it seems like The Apocalypse is knocking on our door. Tsunamis, floods, town-devouring tornadoes, wars, rumors of wars, prophetic voices declaring the end of the world. Add to that whole nations running into debt default status, job losses, new flu epidemics looming, kings and presidents being run out of town and nuclear threats from areas that we not so long ago considered "backward."  Yessireebob, if there was ever a time to preach through the Book of Revelation, this would be it.

I would like to say I planned it that way...but then again, I surely would not want to be blamed for the crisis that are rising on every corner of the world.  No, let's just say it's time to preach through this book of hope.

"A book of hope?", you may ask.  Yes, I realize that the Book of Revelation is filled with all kinds of horrendous looking beasts and gruesome sounding events, but I truly believe that most of all it is a book of hope. It was just the words, pictures and reminders that the church in the first century needed to hear, especially in light of the persecution they were experiencing in ever-increasing measure. And I believe, it is just the words we need to hear today.


The title I have chosen for this new series is, "Hope During the Hard Times." And by all looks of it these are in fact "hard times."  I know lots of people have lots of questions about this final book in the Canon of Scripture.  We want to know "names, dates, and places."  We want to figure just who is the Antichrist? (I believe we can safely assume it is no longer Hitler or Henry Kissinger.) And of course we want to know just when Jesus is coming back? (And again, I believe we can safely assume it was not May 21, 2011.) Well, to be completely honest, I don't know if I'll be able to answer any of those questions, at least to the satisfaction of some, but I do hope that through this study we will see the revelation that Jesus desired the Apostle John to see and to communicate to the church...of which we are still a part 2000 years later.


As always, I welcome your thoughts and questions...even your honest musings.  If you're in the area (Felton, California) stop and and join us, we begin on Sunday mornings at 9:30, and of course, we'll do our best to get the sermons uploaded to our website (www.feltonbiblechurch.org) in a timely manner.


I leave you with Revelation 1:3,
"Blessed is the one who read aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed is those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."
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