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Greetings in the Name of the Risen Lord

The most powerful, unbelievable, and important words ever spoken were uttered in a cemetery, 2000 years ago. A group of grief stricken women sought to anoint the body of their dead leader. Instead, they heard an angel say, “He is not here, He is risen as He said . . .” These words changed the world. Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, rose from the dead. Centuries later, the world still acknowledges those words that heralded the greatest event of all time. Christians believe them to be true. None believers still honor Easter. Therefore, Easter is a holiday for some and a Holy Day for others. It is the day Christians celebrate the ultimate act of love and power. Jesus died to pay the price for our sins. Then, He rose from the dead to declare victory over death, the consequence of sin . . . Hallelujah! . . . Hallelujah!!! Come celebrate with us!

 

Word for the Morning           “But God Raised Him from the Dead”

 

The Peace of God be with you                                                                                   See you on Sunday

Pastor Porter

 

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Greetings in the Name of the Lord

 

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Are you keeping them? Each year most of us make and break resolutions to make some change in our lives. Since most plans are for positive changes, why do we fail to follow through? I believe the reasons are simple. First we often make unrealistic plans for change. Sometimes the time frame is too short. Sometimes the change requires more than we initially thought. The second reason is there is often no real commitment to invest the time and effort necessary to make the change a reality.

In keeping with our theme and watch word for 2016 “Pray”, I encourage you to work on your prayer life in 2016. There are many ways to improve. You can pray more often by setting aside a specific time(s) for prayer each day. Find a prayer partner and once a week pray without asking for anything. At least once a week, sit quietly to see if you can hear what the Lord is saying to you. There are many more possibilities. Choosing to improve your prayer life, will have lasting benefits for you and all who are associated with you.

Remember:

“The earnest effectual prayer of the righteous avails much.”

 

The Peace of God be with you     See you on Sunday


In this age of commercialism, social media, political correctness, selfishness and the waning influence by the Church, it is very easy to lose sight of the meaning of Christmas.

 

The simple, yet powerful story, of Bethlehem gets lost in the ads about sales, holiday specials, and “must have” gifts. Even as we embrace the sights and sounds of the season, we must keep uppermost in our minds the real Christmas Story.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, Savior of the world!

 

 I therefore encourage you to:

    • Read the story recorded in the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke

    • Listen to the wonderful music that tells the real story of Christmas

    • Worship often

    • Pray

May the blessings of the Christ child be with you this season and beyond.

 

The Peace of God be with you     See you on Sunday

Word for the Morning       Pastor Porter


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Greetings in the Name of the LordRevPorter2“Jesus Christ is Born”

 

There is only one reason to celebrate Christmas, Jesus Christ, was born! Diversity is good, but Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. We must respect the faith of others, but we must also demand respect for Christianity! Songs of the season are okay; however, we must not neglect the Hymns of Christmas. We cannot afford to be ashamed of, or make excuses for, our faith in Jesus. Lights and trees are nice but, the Nativity Scenes point to the real meaning of Christmas. Sing, decorate, fellowship, shop,  and celebrate, but remember. IF THERE IS NO BIRTH IN BETHLEHEM THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS!!!

There is only one reason to celebrate Christmas…

Jesus Christ was born!

 

 

The Peace of God be with you                      See you on Sunday

Word for the Morning                                   Pastor Porter

 


 

 

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Greetings in the Name of the Lord

TITHING IS!

A source of blessing in our relationship with God; Symbolic in putting God first; An act of gratitude for and an expression of commitment to God’s work; An important element in Christian Discipleship; A help in reordering priorities, establishing God’s rightful place in our lives; Capable of extending the church’s witness and service through ministries near and far; Able to free us from being vulnerable to greed, and to develop in us a new spirit of generosity in all things.

“Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over”.  (Luke 6:38)

 

The Peace of God be with you           See you on Sunday

Word for the Morning               Pastor Porter

 


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“Greetings in the Name of the Lord”

 

Over the past few weeks we have talked a lot about prayer. These words have had great meaning to me for some years. They are the  words of hymn #352 in the Baptist Standard Hymnal:

 

 

Every prayer will find its answer-every earnest trusting plea,

Pray, and know that God is faithful, though the world unfaithful be!

He has promised whatsoever ye shall ask ye shall receive,

Naught shall fail of blest fulfillment, if you steadfastly believe.

Every prayer will find his answer, tho it be in distant years;

Past our earthly time of testing, past our pleading and our tears…

 

 

Every prayer will find its answer, for the word of God is sure Suns may fade and worlds may vanish, but his promise shall endure.

 

“Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17)

 

“The Peace of God be with you. See you Sunday.”

Pastor Porter

 

 

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