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Sunday, March 6, 2016

How Does Attending Church Effect the Way You live?

How does attending church
Effect the way you live today
Is Saturday or Sunday
Simply time for your display

Of your supposed self righteousness
In teaching Sabbath school
Or entertaining children
At your local Sunday school

Or is it something more
That has an impact on your life
That stirs an anxious longing
To surmount the daily strife

As conscience tries to lead you
From temptations bound for sin
Those daily rounds of struggles
That you find you're living in

Is fellowship with brethren
Where you find encouragement
To dig deep in the scriptures
Where your soul can be content

With truths sent straight from heaven
In that precious Word of God
Prepared to mold the hearts of men
Who live upon this sod

For something far exceeding
All the earthly things we find
That come at us like torrents
As they occupy the mind

To keep us from the purpose
God is calling us to do
That by His Holy Spirit
He might live in us anew

And by His grace establish
What he wants the world to see
Reflections of our Saviour
As He lives in you and me

A perfect illustration
Of what heaven has in store
For those who spend less time on self
And focus on Christ more

So this week as you think
Of what your purpose here might be
Preparing for the weekend
With God's Word on bended knee

Ask God to touch you deeply
With His love and grace and truth
Providing you His message
For the aged to early youth

That we have little time here left
To be so occupied
With self indulgent sins
For which our Saviour came and died

For we must use this time
To make our preparation here
To live with God eternal
As His coming is so near

And let His Spirit show you
How you too might teach God's plan
As daily by His grace
You touch the heart of every man

By reaching them along the path
They presently live in
And sharing through God's love
How life eternal can begin

Hebrews 10:22-25; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 10:1-14

January 21, '16

Today’s Bible verse: Is. 25:1 "O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."

Today’s quotes: Those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  Niel Vermillion

Gwen Smith "When I make an effort to seek godly counsel, I benefit from the power of the Lord that is at work in the lives of those around me. I benefit from their mistakes and from their successes. And it frees me from the pressure of having to figure everything out on my own. It frees me to move forward beyond my own limited experiences, faith, and knowledge.

Let's pray..

    Father, You are the source of all the wisdom I ever need. Thank you for using others in my life to influence my success. Please help me grow in and welcome godly counsel.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

 (from The Wisdom of Having Wise Friends Gwen Smith
February 23, 2016)

Our question today: What new habit am I to develop to cause my attendance in church to be more fruitful and lasting?

Answer: Take some notes to help you remember what the pastor's message was, and review them when you have a quiet time. Make a decision to follow what the Lord impresses you to do, to draw you closer to Him.

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To listen to Pastor Rick Sinclairs messages on The Holy Spirit in You, click on the following links:

Upcoming posts: 

                            #23 Jesus Still Prevails in Prayer         
8th- Thursday’s post by Wesley L. Duewel

#24 Jesus' Exaltation Began in
Four Glorious Steps
10th- Thursday's post by Wesley L. Duewel

Where Can We Go?
12th- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
13th- Sunday evening's post by Lakeside Lessons

A popular post:

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Why Pastors Need Intercessors 
C. Peter Wagner shares more from his book, PRAYER SHIELD, How to intercede for pastors, Christian leaders and others on the spiritual frontlines:

"I am convinced that most church members have little or no appreciation of the cost of being a pastor..."


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