Last week, a bunch of us were out of town for the LA Missions Trip. We spent time with Anchor Baptist Church in Covina, Solid Rock Baptist Tabernacle in LA, and Bible Baptist Church in Gardena; and we visited the Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission. It was an eye-opening trip for those of us who went, and I appreciated the spirit of the group.
If you were here last week, our class was dramatically smaller in size, for sure. We’re sort of back to normal now as we launch headlong into summer. With the first big thing behind us (the missions trip), we are now looking ahead to the Yard Sale, Comedy Night, and camp! Before going on the trip, I was bummed that it was coming before camp instead of after. But now I’m fired up for the summer and SUPER glad we did it early in the summer. God’s timing is always best.
One thing about being back… the door-knocking is a lot different here than it is in LA! Out there, we met SO many friendly people, but I was back to Temecula yesterday and most people were back to their cold, rich, Temecula selves. Praise God for those of you who went out door-knocking yesterday. I’m preaching on the “Obedience Factor” tonight—that it’s not about the results, but about obeying God and watching Him bring the increase.
I love you all, and I’m glad we’re back home. Let’s make the most of today.
Bro. Michael’s Note
When I surrendered to full-time ministry, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have a hard time putting my finger on a specific time when God called me. My “call” came about through a series of circumstances and going to church faithfully, where God placed burdens and desires in my heart. Before I get ahead of myself, here are the preceding events to my surrender to God.
Before my surrender, I was out of church for about 2 ½ years. I started going again sometime in December of 2011. I went faithfully and listened to the preaching with the intent to apply it to my life. Though I was still in the process of coming back to God, He began to place a burden for the lost in my heart and a strong desire to preach. So about 6-7 months later, I went to Indian Creek Youth Camp! The preaching was very pointed and focused on surrendering to God – so I surrendered! It was there when I finally let God have full control of the direction of my life. I was still light years away from being the young person God wanted me to be, but I knew God wanted to use me. Little did I know that I surrendering to God would lead me to Bible College to study missions and to serve here at Calvary Baptist Church!
My “surrender story,” in my opinion, is an example of Psalm 37:4-5. My desires were born out of my delight in the Lord, so He gave them to me! Though there is not a particular time when God tapped my shoulder and said, “PREACH,” I know He called me to because of how God has worked in my heart through the years.
Exodus 24:4–“And Moses wrote ALL THE WORDS of the Lord…”
Deuteronomy 6:6–“And THESE WORDS, which I command thee this day, shall be in
Deuteronomy 12:28–“Observe and hear ALL THESE WORDS which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever…”
Deuteronomy 17:18,19–“…he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep ALL THE WORDS of this law and these statutes, to do them.”
Deuteronomy 18:18–“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my WORDS in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them ALL that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my WORDS which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”
Deuteronomy 27:2,3–“And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister: And thou shalt write upon them ALL THE WORDS of this law…”
Deuteronomy 32:1–“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, THE WORDS of my mouth.”
Deuteronomy 32:45,46–“And Moses made an end of speaking ALL THESE WORDS to all Israel: And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto ALL THE WORDS which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, ALL THE WORDS of this law.”
Joshua 8:34,35–“And afterward he read ALL THE WORDS of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. there was not A WORD of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation.”
Joshua 24:26–“And Joshua wrote these WORDS in the book of the law of God…”
I Samuel 8:10–“And Samuel told ALL THE WORDS of the Lord unto the people that
asked of him a king.”
Psalm 12:6–“The WORDS of the Lord are pure WORDS: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Proverbs 30:6,7–“EVERY WORD of God is pure … Add thou not unto his WORDS, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Jeremiah 1:9–“Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my WORDS in thy mouth.”
Jeremiah 7:27–“Therefore thou shalt speak ALL THESE WORDS…“
Jeremiah 23:9–“… and because of THE WORDS of his holiness.”
Jeremiah 23:36–“…ye have perverted THE WORDS of the living God…”
Jeremiah 30:2–“… Write thee ALL THE WORDS that I have spoken…”
Ezekiel 3:10–“… Son of man, ALL MY WORDS that I shall speak…”
Luke 4:4–“ … but by EVERY WORD OF GOD.” (See also Matthew 4:4.)
John 8:47–“He that is of God heareth God’s WORDS: ….”
1 Corinthians 2:13–“Which things also we speak, not in THE WORDS…”
1 Timothy 4:6–“…nourished up in THE WORDS of faith and of good doctrine…”
2 Peter 3:2–“That ye may be mindful of THE WORDS which were spoken before by the holy prophets and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.”
Jude 17–“But, beloved, remember ye THE WORDS which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 1:3–“… and they that hear THE WORDS of this prophecy…”
Revelation 22:18, 19–“… that heareth THE WORDS of the prophecy of this book … And if any man shall take away from THE WORDS…”