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A Potpourri Of Thoughts We Have…..

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A Potpourri Of Thoughts We Have

We think negative–God thinks positive.
For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer.

We say: “It’s impossible”
God says:
Luke 18:27—All things are possible

We say: “I’m too tired”
God says:
Matthew 11:28-30–I will give you rest

We say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says:
John 3:16 and John 13:34—I love you

We say: “I can’t go on”
God says:
2nd Corinthians 12:7-10–My Grace is sufficient

We say: “I just can’t figure things out”
God says:
Proverbs 3:5-6—I will direct your steps

We say: “I can’t do it”
God says:
Philippians 4:12-13–You can do all things

We say: “I’m not able”
God says:
2nd Corinthians 9:6-8–I am able

We say: “It’s just not worth it”
God says:
Romans 8:28–It will be worth it

We say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says:
Romans 8:1 I forgive you. (If God can forgive you, then you should be able to forgive yourself)

We say: “I can’t manage”
God says:
Philippians 4:19-20–I will supply all your needs

We say: “I am afraid”
God says:
2nd Timothy 1:7–I have not given you a Spirit of fear

We say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says:
1st Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6-7–Cast all your cares on ME!!

We say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says:
Romans 12:4-8–I’ve given everyone a measure of faith

We say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says:
1st Corinthians 1:30—I give you Wisdom

We say; “I feel all alone”
God says:
Hebrews 13:5–I will never leave you or forsake you.

SMILE God loves YOU!! Have a GREAT day all.


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Damaging words come in many different fashions–Insulting, Verbal Abuse–Yelling–Intimidation–Name Calling–Making Fun of Someone
Show of Power–Bullying–Show of Pride–Backbiting, etc. AND GOSSIP

Almost everyone has experienced the harm of gossip before. Whether the people talking didn’t mean direct harm, or not,
the result of gossip is almost always broken trust and hurt feelings. Gossip can be defined as information about the behavior or personal life of other people,
often without the full truth revealed or known. God’s Word warns us to stay away from people who gossip and to guard our words when we speak about others!

Scripture also uses the word slander which means making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.
Slander can destroy someone’s reputation, marriage, job, wealth, and family. The tongue has power and we must be careful with how we use our words.

Proverbs 10:18 Spreading slander is foolish

Proverbs 16:28 Whispering separates the best of friends

Proverbs 26:20-22 If there is no Tailbearer strife ceases

Romans 1:28-32 Re-Read vs 32

2nd Corinthians 12:20 Backbitings and Whisperings

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word come out of the mouth

James 1:26 If the tongue can’t be bridled, religion is worthless

James 4:11-12 Do not speak evil of another

James 3:2-10 Be careful of the tongue

Damaging Words–Re-Read part of intro.


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It’s the time the year many start thinking about New Years resolutions. Some of these might be:
Lose weight
Start working out–getting a gym membership
Stop smoking
Stop drinking
Eat better
Get a better job
Find a nicer place to live
Get a better car
Make myself a better person–That’s what I want to talk about here.

I want to look at some of the commands Paul has given to the Church and people in Phillipi

Philippians chapter 2 has many of these.

Verses 1 an 2
Be like minded
Have the same love
Being of one accord
Being of one mind

Verse 3:
Do nothing through selfish ambition
Do nothing through conceit
Esteem others better than himself

Verse 4:
Look out for not only your interests, but others interest as well

Verse 5:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ

Verse 12:
Be obedient–work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

Verse 14:
Do all things without complaining
Do all things without disputing

Verse 15:
Be blameless and innocent children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation

Verse 16:
Hold fast the Word of Life

Chapter 4:

Verse 4:
Rejoice in the Lord–ALWAYS!!

Verse 5:
Be gentle to all men

Verse 6:
Pray–Let your requests be known

Verse 8:
Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–Meditate of these things.

Take these commands and make them your resolutions. Become that better person!!


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Fight! Contend! Do Battle!

When abandonment of religious belief arises, when false teachers emerge, when the truth of God is attacked, it’s time to fight for the Faith.

Only the Christians that are spiritually solid can stop the issues.

This letter focuses on a common Salvation by those who believe in Jesus. Jude challenges them to do battle for the faith.

False teachers invade the Church doing as they please.

Christians should not be caught off guard!!

The challenge is great, but so is God. He is able to keep Christians from stumbling.

Jude verses 1 and 2:
Identifies himself as the brother of James and a bondservant of Jesus.
It’s addressed to those called, sanctified, and preserved in Jesus Christ.

Verses 3-16
The sin and doom of ungodly people.

Verses 17-23
The call to persevere

Verses 24-25
The closing comments to his letter.


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When I was farming with my Dad, getting rid of weeds was a PRIORITY!! We used machinery behind the tractor two, three, and sometimes four times a summer.
Summer tilling was the way to get the ground prepared for planting the crops in the fall.
Getting rid of the weeds not only made things look better, but also preserved the moisture.
If there was a crop in the making, sometimes, we would have to use a weed spray. Back in the 50’s and 60’s we didn’t know about how harmful these sprays were.
We sat on open tractors with the spray drifting all around us. This, ultimately was one of the things that caused Dad to have an early death.
It scarred his lungs and the last few years of his life, he was on oxygen.

Those of us with yards and gardens know full well the problem with weeds. If we don’t take care of them, they will overtake the plants and the grass.
We pull them. We spray them. And still can’t seem to get rid of them. It’s an ongoing and constant problem.

THEN, there are those of us that have “Weeds” cropping up in our lives. They are as troublesome as the weeds on the farm and the weeds in the gardens and yards.
We have to cultivate our lives so the “Weeds” don’t take over. It takes concentrating on us, being aware of what is going on, and being strong enough to get rid of them.
These “Weeds” can be many different things. Such as: a bad relationship,
friends that take advantage of us, bickering among family members, jobs that we don’t like, health problems, homes that are not “Home”, financial difficulties, stress, drug abuse,
alcohol abuse and the list goes on and on and on and on!! So,
how do we get rid of the “Weeds?” God says that He will never leave us and will never forsake us. We sing a song, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” in Worship services.
Do we really believe this?
I would hope so, because God can and will help you get rid of the “Weeds.” Through prayer, you can lay all your problems on Him and He will help you through them.
That’s where we get the strength to cultivate our lives and get rid of the “Weeds.”

Hebrews 4:16
Draw near with confidence.

Hebrews 13:5-6
God won’t forsake you.

Romans 8:17-18
Suffering with the present can’t compare with the future Glory

John 14:1
Jesus said, “let your heart not be troubled”

1st Peter 5:6-7
Cast all anxieties on Him for He cares about you.

Matthew 6:25-31
Don’t worry.

Philippians 4:6
Have no anxiety about anything–Pray.

1st Corinthians 10:13
God will put no more on you than you can handle.

Romans 8:28-39
No matter how bad things seem, nothing can separate us from God’s love.

It doesn’t matter how bad things seem, if we stay close to Him, nothing can separate us from God’s love.
He will not forsake us.
We need to not let anxieties get to us and we need to not let our hearts be troubled.
We should cast our burdens and anxieties on the Lord.
Blessed is the man who endures his trials and tribulations and stay steadfast in the Lord.


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I’ve been wondering about this word, PRACTICE, for quite some time now.

A short definition: Do something over and over to get better.

I’ve always wondered why people say that a Doctor is “Practicing” medicine or why Attorneys are “Practicing” the law. Shouldn’t they know what they are doing? I’ve always thought to myself that I would just prefer a Doctor, instead of one still “Practicing” or an Attorney that knows what they are doing, instead of still “Practicing.”

So, I decided that they are still “Practicing”, doing things over and over, so they get better at what they are doing (sure hope by the time I need one, that they would know what they are doing). Then, I thought, why don’t we have “Practicing” teachers, sales people, secretaries, business owners, preachers, coaches, etc.?

In athletics, we have, football, basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer, and track “Practice” so the players can get better by doing the same thing over and over, until they get them right. All that “Practice” is done so they can be prepared for the events they compete in, and hopefully, they can win their event.

The next question I had was, why are Christians just called Christians? Shouldn’t we be called “Practicing” Christians? After all, doesn’t God want us to get better at what we do for Him? Shouldn’t we “Practicing” for Heaven? Thus the Sermon name of Heavenly “Practice”.

Let’s look at some of the scriptures that will show what we are supposed to be “Practicing”, to be better Christians, and how to show ourselves approved in order to gain that home in Heaven, that God promises those, who are obedient and “Practicing” Christianity.

James 1:1-2
Be joyful in your various trials–Faith

1st Corinthians 10:13
No temptation beyond what you can handle–Faith

Hebrews 10:24-25
Attendance–Not forsaking the assembly

1st Timothy 6:9-12
Be careful of greed

Romans 13:13-14
Walk properly
Put on Christ
No provision for the flesh

Ephesians 4:31-32
Be kind to one another

Philippians 2:1-4
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition

2nd Peter 1:5-9
The building tree for the “Practicing” Christian

SMILE, God loves YOU!! Have a GREAT day all.


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Not something we just fit into our Christian lives
Fellowship is important
Fellowship will challenge us
Fellowship will keep us accountable
Fellowship is showing obedience to God and His Word
Fellowship is not to be neglected


Ephesians 5:2
Walk in love

Colossians 2:1-2
Knit together in love

Philippians 2:1-2
Be of same mind
Have same love
Be in full accord and of one mind

1st Peter 4:9
Be hospitable


1st John 1:7
Fellowship with one another and God

1st Corinthians 1:9
Called into fellowship of Jesus

1st Corinthians 12:12
One body in fellowship with Christ

Fellowship is vital for growth and stability in our Christian lives.

SMILE God loves YOU!! Have a GREAT day.


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We have heard God’s Word, Believed it, Confess Christ as the Son of God, Repented from our sins, and was Baptized. So….NOW WHAT??

Here is Paul’s instruction to the Church at Rome in Romans Chapter 12.

I. Offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God (1-2)

II. We are to use each of our unique God-given gifts for His glory (3-8)

A. Because what we have is from God, we ought to be humble (3)

B. Each member of the body has a different role (4-5)

C. We are to use our God-give gifts (6)

D. Use each specific gift to the fullest (6b-8)

III. Qualities of the complete Christian (verses 9-21)

A. Love (9-10)

B. Passion (11)

C. Heavenly-minded (12)

D. Hospitable (13)

E. Forgiving (14)

F. Encouraging (15)

G. Others-centered (16)

H. Upright (17)

I. Peaceful (18octr

J. Patient (19

K. Generous (20)

L. Victorious (21)

Live the life that God wants, not what you want.
Have a GREAT day all!! SMILE God loves YOU.


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Prayer is an all important part of the Christian life.


1) Praying together:

Matthew 18:19
2 Praying together

Luke 1:10
The whole multitude Praying

Acts 1:14
All continued together in one accord

2) Why should I pray?

Develop relationship with God
Communication with God

Matthew 26:41
Watch and Pray, lest you enter into temptation

John 15:7
Ask what you desire and it shall be done for you

Luke 18:1
Pray and not lose heart

Ephesians 6:18
Praying always

3) Attributes for a successful Prayer:

2nd Chronicles 7:14
Humble Heart

Jeremiah 29:13
Whole Heartedness

Mark 11:24

James 5:16

1st John 3:22


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Singing is one part of Worship Service and it is important to get it right. The following are scriptures to show how God wants it done.

Sing: To produce musical tones by means of the voice. (Webster Dictionary)

Psalm: A sacred song or poem used in the praise or Worship of the Deity. (Webster Dictionary)

Hebrews 2:12
Congregation singing

1st Corinthians 14:15
Sing with spirit–Sing with the mind

Colossians 3:16
Teach–Admonish one another

Ephesians 5:18-20
Address one another–Make melody in the heart

Romans 15:9
Sing to God’s name

Acts 16:25
Singing hymns to God

Matthew 26:30
Sang a hymn

James 5:13

Singing plays a very significant role in Worship Service as we admonish one another and also use it as a teaching tool. We sing praises to the Lord, and we are told to sing with Spirit and understanding. In Ephesians we see that we are to address on another and sing with the heart.
If you take the definition of the word Psalm, add that to the definition of Sing, then couple that to the fact there is no example of instruments used in Worship Services in the New Testament Church, that leaves no doubt about the usage of instruments in Worship Services.

HAVE an AWESOME day all!! SMILE, God loves you.