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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Can You Believe Summer Is Half Over?!

November 25th, 2016

It feels like we just got out of school, yet we’re already halfway through the summer break! We bought the interns’ plane tickets, we’re planning their last youth activity, camp is only a couple weeks away, and time is FLYING away! Before you know it, school will be starting up again and you’ll be too busy for this and that. As if summer time is “not” busy.

If we are not careful with our time, it slips away from us. Leading up to the LA Missions Trip, many of you were in your Bible almost daily. When summer hit, did you keep up that habit? Or have you let it drop away?

If we are not careful, time slips away so fast, that a whole SUMMER goes by without ever thinking about reading our Bibles. We’ll think, “Yeah, I’ve missed a couple days… maybe a week. hmm. How long HAS it been?? Uh oh. Where’d the time go?! It’s AUGUST already?!”

Time never stops marching on. YOU have to be the one that chooses what you do with time.

Are you redeeming it? Are you using it wisely?

I’m not accusing. Just asking. Use your time to build your love for God, your love for others, and your desire to do right.

-Bro. Ryan

Bro. Michaels Note

Joseph (from the book of Genesis) was a great man. God used him in amazing ways. He didn’t trade in his bigger bag of skittles for a measly bag of sour skittles and a blow to the gut. He knew what he had in the Lord before he ever even got tempted by Potiphar’s wife. He recognized that sin was just simply not worth it. That’s a great truth. It is also a great story! But be careful…

We can hear great stories and great truths and leave them totally unchanged. I’m saying that a person can go to church faithfully for years, sing hymns, give their offering, and take preaching notes every time they hear a sermon, but never change. The Bible says that person is self-deceived. We all, at one point or another, have been guilty of this. So how does one become self-deceived? It’s simple: be a hearer of the word, and not a doer. We deceive ourselves when we hear God’s truth and don’t ever make any attempt to apply it and implement it into our life. Do NOT decieve yourself. If you know you have been struggling with taking the measly bag of sour skittles and the punch, then take a minute to apply God’s Word to your life. Write down all the things that God has blessed you with, and you’ll go into temptation prepared. If you know the path you are currently going down is the way of the wicked, then turn around and get on the path of wisdom. If you don’t, you’re just deceiving yourself. Be a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only. Even this morning. Listen to to the preaching with the intent to apply, and then apply it. It’s the only way anyone from anywhere will ever truly change; that includes me AND you.

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