Thanks to my Grandson CJ and Granddaughter Lezlea, you made an old man very, very happy
I am writing to tell you all that I wish I was there with all of you. I get a little feeling of what Paul speaks of in his letter to all the churches, the love and longing to be with them
In the coming weeks I encourage all of you attend services , because you need each other and I need you. I feel your love supplied in your prayers, prayers and notes some of you have sent me
My heart was warmed today when Emy came by to show me her prom dress, along with her mother, who surprised me by driving her Emy here. The room brightened up, I truly felt God’s blessing on my life. I find it easier every time that I go through hurtles in my life, what Paul was saying; to be thankful in all situations. The beauty of a sunrise, to the thunder of a storm, makes me realize that my God is still in control.
Please care for one another and love each other as I love you, You will all be in my prayers and thoughts
Call Ruth ask her my condition anytime and please surround my family with your caring.
Thank you and may God keep blessing you
Short Sermon 4/24/22
“How do I Pray?”
First and fore most every sin but one God will forgive! And that is when one completely disbelieves in Him, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit
To line up with God’s grace, one must first examine oneself and realize his or her short comings, God has set forth.
Our Bibles give us great examples of prayer. When the disciple approached Jesus they ask Hm to teach them how to pray, how do we do it?
His answer is in Matthew 6:9-13,”When you pray, say: Father in Heaven hollowed is thy name, thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven , give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors . And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power,forever. Amen
What a great Your will be done outline but our Bibles, such as in Psalm 51 give us another way to pray, when King David finally realize he had sinned against God with his affair with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband Uriah. That he buried deep in his heart.
Psalm 51:1-2; Have mercy on me, oh God, according to Your unfailing love and your great compassion. Blot out my transgression. Wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from sin.
Now notice these words from King David what he would do if forgiven. Psalm 51:13; “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, so that sinners will come back to You.”
I encourage you to read all of Psalm 51 to know the rest of the story
God knew the sin that consumed King David, He also knew he would ask for forgiveness, and God knew He would grant that forgiveness.
To affirm this we need to go to the New Testament where we see Peter has denied Jesus three times. Please realize Jesus knew this was going to happen between them. At the Last Supper Peter basically said “there is no way I would deny You”
Jesus answered, “This very night before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
But upon his resurrection Jesus told the women to tell the disciples to go ahead to Jerusalem and wait for Him, especially Peter.
Jesus not only knew about the sin but He knew Peter would repent of his sin. Now as I said earlier that there was only one sin God cannot forgive. When Peter denied Christ it wasn’t out of disbelief but he was scared if he associated with Him in fear of death.
Much like Peter and King David God also knows us. When we sin He knows, when we will come back He knows that too and the best part He knows He will forgive us.
But it all starts with asking.
Let us humble ourselves before His throne, clear our hearts and confess what we have done and take away what we are capable of.
For you see God already knows it, so pray with an open heart
- Scripture: Matthew 10:26-33
Matthew 10:26-33; “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be exposed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear proclaim from the rooftops. Do not be afraid those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside of the Father’s care. And even the very hairs on your head are numbered. So don’t be afraid, you are worth more then many sparrows.” Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others, I will disown before My Father in Heaven.”
Most of us need a confidence boost especially when we have to do something new, something different.
Some of us even fail to recognize our worth, the world is very good at putting us down – More often than not, it simply ignores us.
In this kind of world a sense of our own self-worth is difficult to build, and even more difficult to maintain.
Today’s Gospel puts that right, Jesus was preparing His disciples for their first preaching mission.
He knew that the world would not treat them any more kindly than it had treated Him.
To prepare them, He reminded them of their personal worth and their importance to God.
He compared them to the birds of the air, sparrows who are the most common birds in the world.
Worthless little creatures? – NO, in God’s eyes they are valuable.
Not one of them falls to the ground without His awareness.
Like sparrows, we sometimes feel so small in such a large and indifferent world.
Most people do not even know we exist. And of those who do, how many really care?
Our contributions are so minimal that society could probably get on just as well without us.
That might seem morbid, but you will have to admit that, for most people it is realistic.
But this is not so with Jesus. He said that to the world sparrows are virtually worthless.
Yet He insisted that not one of them ever falls to the ground without the awareness of His Father.
From that thought Jesus drew this conclusion, “You are worth more than many sparrows.”
We may be small, we may be insignificant, but we are important to God.
Sometimes we may feel helpless amongst the tragedies of life, but we are not forgotten. Jesus said, “Not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s perception.”
Through the tragedies of life and sometimes life can be very cruel, life seems to say that we don’t matter, but the fact remains, we do matter to God.
Then sparrows are two penny’s, are we so insignificant amongst so many as to have little or no worth?
There are about 5 billion of us here on the earth. How can any one person be considered valuable in the midst of so many?
To answer that question accurately, we must first know who that one person is.
If we are speaking of some nameless, faceless individual, residing somewhere in the slums of Africa, then the answer is obvious.
That person has no real importance to you and to me.
Whatever happens to them will not affect us one way or the other.
But if that one person is the child who shares our home, then the answer is decidedly different.
We know every detail of that child’s life. Anything that happens to them is of first-rate importance to you and to me.
And in many ways that’s the importance of the media especially tv as it brings these situations into our homes.
Jesus wants us to understand, that with God our Father there is no such thing as a nameless, faceless individual.
Every person on earth is His child who shares His home.
He knows the details of every life and cares very deeply about what happens to each one of us.
That is what Jesus meant when He said, “Every hair on your head has been counted.”
We may feel insignificant in the midst of so many, but that is not the way God sees us.
These words of Jesus that we have heard this morning have been preserved in Scripture for one reason and one reason alone.
It is that you and I might recognize our true worth and realize how precious we are in the sight of God.
Pastor Groffery Foot
Years ago my granddaughter sent me this song. Said it reminded her of me.
Later on this same band “Casting Crowns” put out this song “Scares in Heaven” It helped me get through my younger brother Clark, when he passed away last year. It has also given others great comfort
Why We Witness
Step 7: Witnessing
- Why We Witness
- Jesus Shows How to Witness
- Qualifications for Witnessing
- Witnessing and the Word of God
- Witnessing and Prayer
- Witnessing and the Holy Spirit
“I think a man’s religion is so personal we shouldn’t discuss it.”
“I don’t like people who are dogmatic and fanatical about religion. They try to force their views on everybody they meet.”
“Well, I have my own religion, and I’m happy with it.”
Perhaps you have heard comments like these from someone you know. Or even made them yourself before you became a believer.
During approximately fifty years of sharing Christ and training others to do the same, I have found no biblical rationale to justify fearing those responses as a reason for not witnessing.
In fact, the need for people to hear the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness is a matter of life and death. The writer of Ecclesiastes observes:
Death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart (Ecclesiastes 7:2).
Man’s self-will is characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference. Because of sin, he is by nature degenerate and corrupt, destitute of God’s love, undeserving of His forgiveness, and so destined to death – eternal separation from God. But Christ does not want anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
He placed such a high value on the human soul that He personally gladly exchanged the perfection of heaven for a life of poverty, suffering, shame, and death to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10).
From His earliest youth and throughout His life, Jesus clearly understood His mission and purpose. His concern for the lost was so deep that at times the flood of compassionate tears rolled down His face. Jesus, the manliest of men, wept. Similarly, Paul pleaded night and day with everyone who would listen to be reconciled to God.
Since then, people of every century and many walks of life have had a heart of compassion for those who are living apart from God. Great spiritual leaders such as John Wesley, D. L. Moody, and Billy Graham dedicated their lives to reaching people with the message of hope.
When one young missionary who had been sent home because of illness was asked why he was so eager to get back to his people, he said, “Because I cannot sleep for thinking about them.”
Our Lord has commissioned each of us to share the Good News and “seek the lost.” He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations”; and “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). It is our greatest calling, then, to share the love and forgiveness He has given us with those who have never received Him as their Savior and Lord.
From my personal experiences and studies of God’s Word, five key concepts have been made clear to me – concepts that impact the lives of every Christian.
Christ has given a clear command to every Christian.
Jesus Christ’s last command to the Christian community was to make disciples. This command, which the church calls the Great Commission, was not intended merely for the eleven remaining disciples, or just for the apostles, or for those in present times who may have the gift of evangelism. This command is the responsibility of every man and woman who professes faith in Christ as Lord.
Men and women are lost without Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me” (John 14:6). God’s Word also reminds us, “There is salvation in no one else! Under all heaven there is no other name for men to call upon to save them” (Acts 4:12, TLB).
Men and women are truly lost without Jesus Christ. He is the only way to bridge the gap between man and God. Without Him, people cannot know God and have no hope of eternal life.
Rather than being “not interested,” the people of the world are truly hungry for the gospel.
One of the greatest misconceptions held by Christians today is that men and women do not want to know God. But wherever I go around the world, I find ample proof that just the opposite is true. The Holy Spirit has created a hunger for God in the hearts of millions.
I have discovered that at least 25 to 50 percent of nonbelievers are ready to receive Christ in most parts of the world if properly approached, one on one, by a trained Spirit-empowered witness. And I believe that among that number may be some of your own family members, a neighbor or a co-worker, or a person you do not yet know to whom God may lead you. They are ready to hear a clear and simple presentation of the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness.
Jesus said, “The fields are ripe unto harvest.” Can we afford to be selfish with the gospel when such overwhelming evidence shows that so many people are hungry for God? By sharing our faith in Christ with others, we can help change our world for our Lord.
We Christians have in our possession the greatest gift available to mankind: God’s gift of eternal life, which we received with Jesus Christ at our spiritual birth (John 3:16).
Christ is risen! We serve a living Savior! He not only lives within us in all His resurrection power, but He also has assured us of eternal life. He died on the cross in our place for our sin, then rose from the dead. We have direct fellowship with God through Jesus Christ. And this fellowship, this peace, this gift of eternal life, is available to all who receive Him.
The love of Jesus Christ for us, and our love for Him, compels us to share Him with others.
Jesus said, “The one who obeys me is the one who loves me…” (John 14:21, TLB). In other words, He measures our love for Him by the extent and genuineness of our obedience to Him. As we obey, He promises He will reveal Himself to us.
Because he loves me, my Father will love him; and I will too, and I will reveal myself to him (John 14:21, TLB). What are we to obey? When it comes to witnessing, we have the specific commandment from Jesus Christ to go into all the world with the Good News.
Helping to fulfill the Great Commission is both a duty and a privilege. We witness because we love Christ. We witness because He loves us. We witness because we want to honor and obey Him. We witness because He gives us a special love for others.
God wants you to witness because of the benefits He offers to those who receive Christ:
- They become children of God.
- Their bodies become temples of God.
- All of their sins are forgiven.
- They begin to experience the peace and love of God.
- They receive God’s direction and purpose for their lives.
- They experience the power of God to change their lives.
- They have assurance of eternal life.
- God also wants you to witness because of the benefits you will receive.
- Witnessing will stimulate your spiritual growth, lead you to pray and study God’s Word, and encourage you to depend on Christ. You will experience the tremendous privilege and honor of representing Jesus to the world (2 Corinthians 5:20).
The Holy Spirit came to provide the power for you to do so (Acts 1:8). Wouldn’t you like to share with someone else the most valuable thing you have?
All over the world, I have asked two questions of Christians, young and old, rich and poor, new Christians and people who have been believers for more than half a century. I have asked these questions also of some of the most famous Christians in the world. The answers are always the same, no matter who I ask.
What is the most important experience of your life?
“Knowing Christ as my Savior.”
What is the most important thing you can do for another person?
“Help him or her to know Christ.”
If you are a Christian, you undoubtedly would give the same answers to these questions. Yet if you are like the majority of Christians today, you have never introduced anyone to Christ. But you would like to do so, and you know in your heart that this is what God called you to do.
What is a Witness?
- Describe what a witness testifies to in a courtroom. How is that like sharing your faith in Christ?
- What are you admonished to do in Psalm 107:2? Why is this hard for you?
- How have you followed this admonishment today? This week? This month? If not, what has kept you from witnessing?
The Motivation for Witnessing
- What did Jesus command you do to in Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:19-20?
- Read Acts 20:24-27, 31-32. How important would you say Paul’s ministry of witnessing was to him and why?
- Read II Corinthians 5:14-15. What caused Paul to witness? What attitude should we have about what Jesus has done for us and how should that change our lives?
- What does Jesus Christ say about the one who is ashamed of Him? (Luke 9:26) How should this affect your witness?
- If you are faithful to follow Jesus, what did He promise to do? (Matthew 4:19) How has he helped you do this?
- We are called ambassador’s in II Corinthians 5:18-20. (An ambassador is one who is appointed to represent his country in a foreign land.) Reflect on the duties of an ambassador. How do these relate to the Christian life and to witnessing about your faith in Christ?
- Why did Jesus say He came into this world? (Luke 19:10, Mark 10:45)
- As a representative of Christ, what would be your message to those who do not know Him personally? Write your answer in words you could use with a non-Christian.
- How does Paul express the message in I Corinthians 15:3-4?
- Take several moments to reflect on what your relationship with Jesus Christ means to you. Complete this statement, “Because Christ rose from the dead and lives in me, I …”
- Based on your obedience to Christ’s command to share your faith with others, what conclusion do you think He would draw about your love for Him?
- Why do you believe it is important that you, personally, be a witness for Christ?
- Can you think of at least two people with whom God led you to share Christ during the past week? How did you respond?