HANGING UP ON GOD

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

When we say “AMEN” after we pray are we hanging up on God?

Jesus seldom said “AMEN”.

John 16:33 AMP
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

John 17:1-26 AMP
When Jesus had spoken these things, He raised His eyes to heaven [in prayer] and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You. [2] Just as You have given Him power and authority over all mankind, [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him [to be His—permanently and forever]. [3] Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent. [4] I have glorified You [down here] on the earth by completing the work that You gave Me to do. [5] Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory and majesty that I had with You before the world existed. [6] “I have manifested Your name [and revealed Your very self, Your real self] to the people whom You have given Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept and obeyed Your word. [7] Now [at last] they know [with confident assurance] that all You have given Me is from You [it is really and truly Yours]. [8] For the words which You gave Me I have given them; and they received and accepted them and truly understood [with confident assurance] that I came from You [from Your presence], and they believed [without any doubt] that You sent Me. [9] I pray for them; I do not pray for the world, but for those You have given Me, because they belong to You; [10] and all things that are Mine are Yours, and [all things that are] Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. [11] I am no longer in the world; yet they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are. [12] While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and protected them, and not one of them was lost except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. [13] But now I am coming to You; and I say these things [while I am still] in the world so that they may experience My joy made full and complete and perfect within them [filling their hearts with My delight]. [14] I have given to them Your word [the message You gave Me]; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world and do not belong to the world, just as I am not of the world and do not belong to it. [15] I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. [18] Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. [19] For their sake I sanctify Myself [to do Your will], so that they also may be sanctified [set apart, dedicated, made holy] in [Your] truth. [20] “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, [21] that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. [22] I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; [23] I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me. [24] Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. [25] “O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has never acknowledged You [and the revelation of Your mercy], yet I have always known You; and these [believers] know [without any doubt] that You sent Me; [26] and I have made Your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them [overwhelming their heart], and I [may be] in them.”

John 18:1 AMP
Having said these things, Jesus left with His disciples and went across the ravine of the Kidron. There was a garden there, which He and His disciples entered.

JESUS ASCENSION

Wow! Once again we reach the anniversary of Our Lord’s Ascension. How did we get here? When I study our Bible it can seem like only yesterday that he actually returned to heaven. He left us some great instructions that he needs us to carry out for him. He asked us to go throughout this old world teaching everything that he taught us, bringing people into the family of Christ by teaching them. When they accept Christ as their Savior then we are to Baptize then in the name of The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. Only then can they receive God’s Holy Spirit. This Holy Spirit is how Jesus and God talk yo us every day. What a wonderful thing to be able to talk to Jesus whenever you need to and even expect an answer from him! Wow!

BUSY WEEKEND

It has been a busy but rewarding weekend. Wife and I went to county fair and worked concession booth with Lions Club then visited with a little girl from our church as she was exercising her show pigs. That was Thursday then we went back to fair on Friday and watched pig judging where our little friend earned 3 custom belt buckles for her pigs placed so high in the competition. Then Friday nite we attended the Rodeo as the same young girl participated in the All Girls Horse Drill Team. She was fantastic! Was so much fun but this preacher is very tired! I am resting today then two church services tomoro. God gives me the energy that I need to keep up.

EXCITING TIMES

This pastor is constantly amazed at God’s handiwork. Even though I know that God can do anything he so puts his mind to. This week is so amazing, sometimes I just have to sit back be quiet and do what Psalms 46:10 says; BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

This week we have a new family coming to church. The first day the mother gave her life to God. So awesome seeing this family’s lives changing. Also, another mom of one of our members committed to begin attending regularly and learning more about God. Three of our elderly church sisters are better medically and back in church.

Our Sunday adult Bible Class teacher is away in Washington state where his father I a ailing and near death. We keep his family in prayer. After dad passes into the hands of God’s protection our teacher will be coming home to Texas and more good news! His brother and sister in law will be moving here to Texas to be near all of us and hopefully joining us in church. GOD IS AWESOME!

FROM THE PASTOR

I pray that today has felt blessed for all our readers wherever they may be. I would like to share a story of God answering prayer here in Texas last nite.

Some Dear Friends were coming home from shopping about 25 miles from home. Their mini van blew a steer tire and found themselves sitting on side of the highway with their 2 year old son in the van. This couple found that they didn’t have a jack. They begin praying for help from God( keep in mind this couple have only recently begun attending church and they both work hard at learning God’s word and applying it to their family and personals lives.)As I said they began praying for help and a matter of a few minutes a gentleman came out from his house to check on them. About the same time a tire company tire service truck stopped to help. Needless say the tire was changed out and this family got home safe.

This couple is telling me ( and anyone that will listen) that if you really believe on Christ Jesus and his Father they do and will take care of you( in this case they sent help to a stranded family).

What a testimony. Praise God

A COLD BLUSTERY DAY IN SOUTH TEXAS

I am so glad to be HOME in TEXAS after being gone for so many years. ( 36 years.) I had forgotten how cold we can get in Texas. We don’t get very much snow in Texas but we freeze up. Lotta Ice in winter time. The best part of all this cold is that it doesn’ t normally last very long. I am fascinated with snow as long as I am watching it on television and not trying to drive in it.