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Sunday, April 30, 2017

We had a tremendous day today in God’s house.  What tremendous messages we heard today from the man of God.  We had 11 kids on the bus today.  We are thankful for each kid that comes each week, and we are thankful that God allows us the privilege to pick up kids each week to bring to church.

 

This morning for Sunday school we continued our lesson in the book of Esther in chapter 9 and talking about the feast of Purim.  The feast of Purim is a feast still celebrated by the Jewish people today and is a time of feasting and gladness because that day they were avenged of their enemies and they were delivered from destruction.  During the two days of feasting they cared for others by giving to them whether they were rich or poor.  They gave to each other and to the poor.  It was also a time for them to remember who stood for what was right.  They to this day remember who Esther and Mordecai are because the feast was established by them and because of them.  The feast is also a time for them to review the lesson that they learned.  They learned that God still sits on the throne, God will never leave them or forsake them, the Jews are God’s chosen people, God’s timing is not always our timing, they should never fear man, but trust in the Lord, there is always victory in the end, they should always stand for right even if it means giving of their life, there will always be a Haman, and God’s promises never fail.  As Gentiles we do not celebrate the feast of Purim, but we should make our own feast of Purim on the day of our spiritual birthday.  On our spiritual birthday we make it a day of feasting and gladness.  It should be one of the happiest days of our life because we can look back and remember that we were avenged of our enemies the day we were saved, and that we were delivered form destruction.  Before our salvation we were headed to a devil’s hell.  Just to keep gladness we should give someone something on our spiritual birthday as a token of our gladness for what God has done in our life.  We should take the day to remember about God and what He’s done for us.  Remember the lessons we have learned in our life so we will never forget them.  We should remember that God still sits on the throne, God will never leave them or forsake them, the Jews are God’s chosen people, God’s timing is not always our timing, they should never fear man, but trust in the Lord, there is always victory in the end, they should always stand for right even if it means giving of their life, there will always be a Haman, and God’s promises never fail.  Use sticky notes or highlight verses that will help us remember all these things.  Put verses in the back of our Bible so we can remember when the devil tries to make us forget what all God has done in our life.  Have you been saved?  Can you celebrate the feast of Purim in your own life spiritually?

 

This morning Pastor preached out of Daniel 1:21 on “And Daniel Continued.”  The word continued means to maintain without interruption, remain in place or condition.  Daniel had lost everything yet he continued even.  Even with problems, troubles, trials, and no family, he continued.  He continued because he had a purposed heart – vs. 8.  People don’t continue because they don’t have a purposed heart.  We have to have a purposed heart to continue.  We have to have a purpose to live and continue.  A purposed heart will drive us to continue for the Lord.  A purposed heart will keep us going even through hard times and troubles.  If we have a Christian attitude and a Christian life it’s because our heart is purposed.  An unpurposed heart is keeping us from serving God.  If we get knocked out, we can’t blame it on anyone else.  It is our fault because our heart is not purposed.  Daniel continued because he had the right kind of passion.  If we will fall in love with God others will know it.  He had a passion for God when no one else did.  It bled over to where he was at.  If we are having problems, how is our love for God?  If we don’t fall in love with God, we are going to fall out into the world.  Daniel continued even though he didn’t have a Bible, he didn’t have a church to attend, and he didn’t have a pastor.  His passion for God helped him continue.  Daniel continued because of the portion that he took – vs. 12-13.  He wouldn’t eat the meat because it is said that it was offered to idols.  He would not defile himself with defiled meat.  No one would have ever known what Daniel did, but he knew God would know and his love and passion for God outweighed it all and he did what was right even though a lot of others yielded to the ways of the world.  He kept proving God and so he continued.  Lastly Daniel continued because he stayed in the right place.  He stayed loyal to God and the things of God.  We have to stay in the house of the Lord if we are going to continue.  No matter if no one else in our life stays in God’s house, we have to stay there.  God will give us the wisdom and knowledge that we need in life to continue on.

 

Tonight Pastor preached on “A Vacation You Can’t Afford to Take” out of John 6:66.  We cannot afford to take a vacation on God’s people, and God’s work.  When we go on vacation from God we are hurting everyone.  There is no telling what this church would be like today if no one in the past had gone on vacation from God.  Our place is here not somewhere else.  Our plan is not better than God’s plan for our life.  No one wakes up one day and says they are going on vacation, they think about it prior to going on vacation.  Vacation attracts us.  When we go on vacation we look for attractions at that spot.  The attractions outweigh the problems and struggles we go through to go on vacation.  Those that take a vacation on God never though they would end up where they are at.  The vacation and the attractions got to them.  Vacationing on God will cost us.  It will cost more than we think and more than we want to pay.  We are headed for a vacation when we begin to leave our first love.  Our prayer life is no longer sweet.  Our tears dry up and nothing moves us any longer.  Nothing stirs our soul.  The more church services we miss the further away from God we go on vacation.  When parents go on vacation the kids will go on vacation as well, and their vacation will have more luxury.  Secondly we are headed for a vacation when we begin to lapse in our vigor for God.  We no longer care about church or Bible reading.  We only go to church, and we do not care about doing anything for God.  We begin to think that it’s no big deal to miss church or Bible reading, or to not doing anything for God.  Lastly, we are going on vacation when we start to love the world more than we do God.  We are headed for vacation from God when we desire the things of this world, and we lay up our treasures in the world.  We do not need to let worldly things bind us up; do not be sold out to money.  We should put God first and when we do, He will satisfy us in every way possible.  Our biggest investment in life should be in the Lord.  What are you lacking from serving God to make you want to go on vacation?  What is so bad that you need to go on vacation?  What has God done that is so wrong that will cause you to want to go on vacation from God?  Going on vacation from God has rough dividends.  The cost outweighs it big time in the long run.

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