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Sunday, September 06, 2015

What a day we had today in the Lord’s house. Today was youth Sunday and therefore the young people handled the services today and even cooked the meal for us to eat after the morning service. The young people did a tremendous job today in taking care of everything. Pictures were taken of today’s services and will be posted on the website just as quick as we can get them posted. In honor of today being for the youth Dr. Ron Riley was our preacher for the Sunday School hour, the morning service, and the evening service.

For Sunday school Dr. Riley preached on “What is True Success in God’s Eyes?” out of Joshua 1:8. Success is something we all want in our life. For the Christian, our success comes from the Word of God. The Word of God is something that should be in the center of our days. To have success according to God, we have to acknowledge Jesus Christ in all of our ways (Prov. 3:5-6). We can really trust the Lord. He’ll never forsake us. He will be the best friend we could ever have in this world. He’ll never leave us nor forsake us. Part of trusting the Lord is following Him. Whatever He says we should be willing to do it. God ought to sit on the throne of our heart. If God is first in our life, God is on the throne of our heart. After salvation, we should surrender our life to the Lord and serve Him. Secondly, we have to avoid the pitfalls in this life (Prov. 4:23-27). Sometimes pitfalls are people, and sometimes they are things. Our path should be on the path of Jesus. There are only two paths in this life, the path of the world and the path of Jesus. What path are we on? Bad friends, wrong company, and worldly music are just a few of the pitfalls that we can fall into as a Christian. Sin is our enemy and it hurts and that is why it is important for us to avoid falling into the pitfalls of Satan. The world and the devil will not tell you sin hurts, but as a Christian we ought to see the pain and hurt it causes by looking at those around us and seeing what sin is doing to their life. The devil and the world will tell us it doesn’t hurt, but they don’t tell the truth either. We can avoid the pitfalls but listening, hearing, staying away from the wrong path, and staying away from the wrong people. The devil wants us to fall and he doesn’t care how long we have been saved either. Lastly to be a success in God’s eyes we need to allow our light to shine. We need people to stand up and let their light shine and not be afraid of what they believe. Somebody has to care and let their light shine. Somebody is watching us and they need our influence. Are you a success in God’s eyes?

This morning Dr. Riley preached out of 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 on “How Does the Cross Magnify God.” The cross magnifies diving love (Eph. 5:1-2, 8, and 11). The cross magnifies the love of God. One mark of His love in our life is our fellowship. Our fellowship shouldn’t be with sin and this world, but rather it should be with those that are saved and are of like faith. Someone needs to be touched with the love of God that is in our life. How is our fellowship with the Lord? Are we walking in the love of God every day of our life? God knows everything about us yet He loves us unconditionally. What love the Lord has for us. Secondly it is divine sacrifice (Eph. 5:2). He died one for our sins. He didn’t die two times, or three times, or five times. He died once and that was enough to cover the payment for our sins. Forgiveness of sins becomes salvation all because One Man died. He shed His blood for all mankind. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Thirdly there is diving forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could have our sins forgiven and washed away. He didn’t just die for the good or for those in the past, but He died for the sins of all mankind. What forgiveness is that? He died on the cross for everyone. He wants all to come to Him for salvation and have their sins forgiven. Jesus died on the cross for you and your sins. Is the cross magnified in your life? Have you ever been saved?

For tonight’s service Dr. Riley preached on “Being a Witness” out of Rev. 1:5 and Luke 24:46-48. We ought to be the best witness that we can be for Him. The best example in the Bible about being a witness is the Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus had a burden (Matt. 28:37). He had a burden for people and their souls. Who do we have a burden for? There is somebody that needs us to have a burden for their salvation. If we don’t care about others, who will? If we don’t get a burden, who will? Secondly, Jesus had power (Acts 1:8). Do we have the power of God on our life? God uses His people to be a witness and He gives us the power to have boldness to be the witness He wants us to be. A clean temple will receive the power of God, but a dirty vessel cannot receive the power of God. If we have sin in our lives, God cannot give us the power that He wants to give us. We need to keep our lives clean of sin so that we can have the power of God on our lives. God wants to gives us boldness to be a witness for Him. Lastly, Jesus had a brokenness (Matt. 9:35-38). We need to have a brokenness over those that are dying and going to Hell. Jesus saw people as they really were, broken and a messed up life. Have we ever shed a tear for a lost family member or friend? The plight of a lost person is horrible, and it’s Hell. Somebody needs to care about this lost world. If a person dies lost, he is lost forever. What kind of a witness are you? Do you have a burden? Are you broken over those that are dying and going to Hell? Be someone that is a witness and cares about the people in this world that is dying and going to Hell daily.

Our youth Sunday has been extended through tomorrow night. Dr. Ron Riley will be preaching for us again tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. Come out and be with us if you can.

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