Times of Distress – My Church Notes

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My Church Notes- May 22, 2016

1 Samuel Chapter 30: 1-25

VS 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in theLord his God.

Do you go through distress?  How many times do we blame God for our stress?  Why do we blame God for our distress?  Is it perhaps we need correction ourselves or conviction?

Webster’s definition of distressed–  Suffering great pain or torture; severely afflicted; harassed; oppressed with calamity or misfortune.

What kind of day do you have?

1- Mountain Top Days (these are the best brightest days and nothing is wrong and you don’t have a care in the world)

2- Ordinary Days (these are the uneventful, nothing to exciting, nothing is wearing us down)

3-  Dark Days (drudge and despair, confusion and distressed)

Webster’s definition of despair– 1) Hopelessness; a hopeless state; a destitution of hope or expectation. 2) Loss of hope in the mercy of God.

There are times we need to journey through distress or despair in order to allow us to learn something new.  The good news God always sees us through. If we are in the wilderness of life and don’t know where we are or where we are going, we need our Lord to get us through this journey.  Walking this journey alone is not what the Lord intended for us.

We know this by reading his word-

Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

and

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

When you are going through a dark day – reading God’s word, writing a poem, reading Psalms which are praises to God or perhaps write a song may help with your dark days.

Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Fanny’s work produced more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. 

“Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home” by Fanny Crosby

  1. Jesus is tenderly calling you home—Calling today, calling today,Why from the sunshine of love will you roam Farther and farther away?

    • Refrain:
      Calling today, calling today,
      Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.
  2. Jesus is calling the weary to rest—Calling today, calling today,Bring Him your burden and you shall be blest; He will not turn you away.

  3. Jesus is waiting, oh, come to Him now—Waiting today, waiting today,Come with your sins, at His feet lowly bow;Come, and no longer delay.

  4. Jesus is pleading, oh, list to His voice:Hear Him today, hear Him today,They who believe on His name shall rejoice;Quickly arise and away.

In Job we read how he has many dark days, however, we know by reading Job 13:15 he never gave up on God.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

In Isaiah we read about his dark days, however, Isaiah does not give up on our God.

Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Have you given up on God today?

May you not lean unto your own understanding but trust and read the living word of God and know he is a good God all days not just on mountain top days ………….but all days.

 

My Church Notes – Life

Where did a year go (next month), since, I have taken the time to pour out my heart on my blog.  I know with my new job at the university, my experiences of life certainly moves by like a twinkle of a star.  I know my mom told me, “when you get my age, time will seem to fly right by”.  Well, I guess I finally made it because that’s what is happening.

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I decided I will attempt to blog on my church notes- why- because I attend a bible believing, preaching and teaching church.  My advice to anyone who wants to understand and grow deeper with the Lord.

  1. Read your bible daily – this will provide you with peace and an understanding which only you will know because God reveals himself to you through his word.  Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
  2. Find a church which preaches the word of God from a King James Bible and not the NKJB. It seems like everyone wants to make the bible better or easier to understand but Jesus answers this in John 18:66 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Many people want their world to fit into the bible to make it right and hence so many versions of the bible.  Do yourself a huge favor – just stick with the King James Bible and know this has outlasted all to be the truest to God’s word when it was translated into English.

June 4, 2017 – taken from John Chapter 1

*Life – verse 4 – in him was life.  Where do we get life from?

  • In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:4  pexels-photo-266011.jpeg

We get life from Jesus.  Read Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

  • I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: **

    That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

**God never intended for abortions.  Jesus is Pro-life.

Life is the light of men. Jesus provides light to anyone who wants it.

  • Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

Who is – “I Am” – Jesus

  • And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14

Light – how am I able to have light?

  • Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10

How am I able to know Jesus is a living?

  • As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:5

The world is darkness – the world represents our lusts, sins, pride and unloving selves, all of which is darkness.  A husband cheats on his wife – lust.  A child hides taking a candy bar from the store and lies to his parents – sins. My boat is the best of the year and can easily out move your paddle boat – pride.  My boss asked me to take on the work load of my co-worker when she will be out for the next 12 weeks, why would I possibly want to do that even if I could- unloving.  And the darkness goes on and on…. only Jesus can provide the light we need to enjoy an abundance amount of peace and joy.

Why do men/women love darkness?

Let’s read – John 3:19-21

  • And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

    20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

and – John 12:43-47

  •  For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

    45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

    46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 

Where are you at in your faith journey with Christ?  Are you in darkness or in light?

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but search the word of our living God.

Verse for Sunday’s followers

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Isaiah 25:4

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”

King James Version (KJV)

Are you experiencing trials and hardship?  Are you wanting desperately to feel like you are wanted loved and are important in life?

Then it’s time to seek the Lord!  May you turn to our Father God and ask him to be your refuge from your storms in life.

A Bounty of Hope

Guest writer today – Excellent teaching by David LeBlanc.

How would Jesus miracles in feeding the multitudes be related to the Messianic Age?

Source: A Bounty of Hope

1 John – My Sin

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We read in 1 John: God is light and has no darkness. God is love. God is the beginning and he is truth. We read about the fellowship of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. He is our advocate and the Holy Spirit abides in us.

Sin entered the world in the garden of Eden. Eve decides, she can have something even though she was told to leave it alone.  How many times does this happen to you?  You know you should not do something or say something which is not right. You feel it in your heart and know it just doesn’t sit right with you.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

and

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God had made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

We are all born of sin because sin entered this world when Eve did not obey God.

 

Psalm 38:18  For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sins.

 

From the Websters Dictionary of 1828:

Repentance

REPENT’ANCE, noun

1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.

Paul reminds those in Corinth don’t forget to repent.  When you repent it must be more than just for a short time.

How many times do we only repent for a season?

II Corinthians 7:8-10

For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Parable of two sons – read Matthew 21:28-46

Who truly repented?

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

The good news is:  Jesus died for all sinners on Calvary.

Colossians 1:14

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

Have you repented of your sins today?