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admiraldowdy
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Dec 09, 2021
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It’s very likely that the best way to honor and show appreciation to a pastor, is to both hear and do the message God has given them to deliver. Bro. Richard Green has left behind a rich legacy in recorded messages, and in honor of his life and life’s work, take some time to go back and listen. In 2018 he held a revival here and it sure was a good one! You can listen to it in the campmeeting and events part on the member‘s page. Comment below on some of your favorite parts of the revival or some memory of Bro Green that was impactful!
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admiraldowdy
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Nov 12, 2021
In Bible Study
Recently, the adult Sunday School class traveled briefly through a timeline of the life cycle of a Christian. This bible study is going to be a short glimpse into that, and hopefully will spark some memories of your own as you journeyed through those periods, and as you reflect on your journey, where you currently might be. Life cycle: Ignorant of the law/ not accountable - Prior to what is colloquially called "age of accountability" while having acting out "immorality" but not worthy of penalty of actions. Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  Rom 7:9  For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.  Definition of sin: 1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. Spiritually Dead, not having yet been "born again": Knowledge of rules, or the law, comes at various times for various things. Young children are informed of their teachers and parents to "don't lie, tell the truth" and depending on the understanding of the individual, they either are, or are not intentionally, willfully obeying, or not obeying that directive. There are many types of immorality, and knowledge of such comes at different times, but happens for all of us. 1 John 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. There are various scriptures making that point... "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" etc. Why does that matter? God is not pleased with sin, and doesn't want any to perish because without salvation, that absolutely will happen. 2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Recall that this period of time is an uncomfortable time. The guilt of sin is oppressive, anxiety inducing, and helps motivate us to desire relief. The push and pull battle is intense. There is a cost to either decision, one to forego the pleasures of sin by choosing to serve God, and on the other hand, the cost is to continue to endure or suppress the guilty conscience by continuing in sin. Choosing to be saved: There was a man named Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night, fearing persecution by other Jews, and did not want to be observed. He remarked to Jesus about miracles, and how it proves that Jesus was sent from God. Jesus responds by mentioning that except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus, naturally questions this logic, and requires clarification. Jesus states that he is talking about a birth of Water and Spirit; not literally. How to be saved: Confess and believe. Repent and forsake. Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  How to believe? God has provided to everyone enough faith to believe in God. Romans 12:3 According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. After Salvation: After a Christian is born, its the beginning of a new life. It's time to grow up, which goes through many phases. Paul writes to the Ephesians, encouraging them to be "no more children" and that they pursue maturity and "grow up." Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: To what purpose? To work effectively for God, and to prevent oneself from returning to sin, and ultimately to make heaven our home. 1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 1Ti 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 1Ti 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Qualifications for Deacons 1Ti 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 1Ti 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 1Ti 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 1Ti 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. Bible Study: Comment, on what may have been one of the more difficult growth phases for you, and how God helped you through it!
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admiraldowdy
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Oct 15, 2021
In Bible Study
The Trinity The concept of the Trinity can be difficult to grasp. We’ve heard it explained as an “egg” with the shell, white and yolk. Or as a triangle, three sides making a single entity. But more important is to have bible knowledge of how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work as a single entity to guide, chasten, encourage, heal, and ensure God’s perfect plan is fulfilled. Let’s study together how the bible teaches this important concept. Comment below how you’ve come to understand the trinity, and what your favorite scriptures about the trinity are. Here’s one possible way to bring the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost together as a single unit: Hebrews is a book about Jesus Christ and how his ministry and work on earth fulfilled God’s perfect plan of salvation. The first chapter of Hebrews introduces the idea of Jesus being the son of God, and brings in a prophecy from Psalms 45. Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Skip to verse 8: Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. The word “God” here in Hebrews, in verse 1 and verse 8 is the Greek word “theos” meaning “the supreme Divinity,” The author of Hebrews tells us that God in verse 1, the Father, or “theos” is speaking to us through the Son in verse 2 calling the Son “the supreme Divinity” in verse 8. Confusing? Circular? Yes! That’s why it can be hard to understand and explain. As it references the prophetic scripture from Psalms, we’ll take a look at it: Psa 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. The Hebrew word “God” here is “Elohim” which means “the supreme God” and by way of this prophecy as explained in Hebrews, delegates this title to the Son which is Jesus Christ. So now we’ve discussed one of the many connections between the Old and New Testament, and I hope that you will comment with many more that I am leaving out. But what’s the point? And we have only connected the word “God” with both the Father “God” and the Son “God”, what about the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Genesis chapter 1 verse 2 says that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. This is a Hebrew word “rooakh” which literally means “wind” but figuratively means life, and unsubstantiality; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being including its expression and functions. This Spirit of God in the whole chapter is just referred back to as “God” or “theos” as we discussed above; God created the heavens and the earth, God said, let there be light etc. So, that’s how the Spirit of God gets included with the Father "God", but it’s not complete without tying in a New Testament example of how it all works in unity. Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Note that Jehovah Witnesses re-wrote their bible to state “the Word was a God” trying to remove the trinity). Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. Verse 14 Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Verse 18 Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. So, reading the scriptures like that help to connect the dots, simple as 1-2-3. The Word was in the beginning with God and was God. The Word became flesh and was the Son of God. Ok, so how does it all work together? Think of yourself. You have a brain which is a complex structure that regulates the body, comes up with the plans, and tells the body what to do and where to go. Perhaps that’s a representation of God the Father. The bible states that it’s the Will of God that is the whole purpose of what we are doing here. Then there’s the voice… The voice is the Word, that spoke the world into being, that communicates the Will of God into the world, that DOES the things, and only those things, that the Father Wills. Then there’s your body… where you are at. The presence of God. The Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters. Jesus said that we will have a Comforter with us. So that’s one way I’ve come to think of the Trinity. It’s super critical not to lose this light, because others have removed it from their religious worship and teachings to their detriment. What do you think? How would you describe the trinity, and what scriptures help you to understand this concept?
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admiraldowdy
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Sep 24, 2021
In Bible Study
Hello! This study was inspired by the idea of "getting back to basics" and inspiring faith by reading scriptures that foretold the advent of Christ hundreds and thousands of years prior to his birth. This topic is more relevant than ever as Christ calls us to help fan the flames of faith in those young in the faith, or those interested but not quite ready to commit. 1) Comment with your favorite Old Testament prophecy 2) Comment on a time that you've had the opportunity to share the gospel with a good contact using a prophecy, or building on a concept issued forth from a prophecy.
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admiraldowdy
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May 15, 2021
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Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.  in context of the chapter its about someone who IS already worshipping God. the statement could be reaching out to those who are seeking God or thinking about GOd. but also has experience in it about someone who has had God for a friend. Asking God to keep me salty. our life and our example. Have friends that want to use our experience but don't want to put in the work Observation of someone who puts time into prayer and possibly has an experience, but thank us for praying for the need, tell them that we love them. We are more salty. Who is the audience here? is it the person who hasn't tasted yet? Or is it the person who has half a cup full, and they're invited to take another sip, and say Yup, still just as good as the last cup, maybe better. What happens when you order something that sounds good, that you've had before, and you eat like half of it and then you don't want it any more... is it an attention span thing? I am a Christian, I have faith in God, I have confidence in the church. I am no longer going to be a Christian, my faith is in question, and I am not sure what the Church is. When you haven't had something in a while, maybe you taste it again and get the refresher. The experience can be dull. verse 9... fear the Lord ye his saints... they are already saints, its a rhetorical question that is a conversation point. This is a testimony. We already know and experience it. Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.  Jas 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  Jas 5:9  Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.  Jas 5:10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  Jas 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. What is so good about it that we are willing to endure... and if it is so good, why do we forget sometimes or need a reminder? See that the Lord is good, we need to taste and not just observe. You feel closest to God when you are going through a horrible time in your life and God visits you. You know how good it is when you need him and taste it. Hate running, just endure it, but when finish and accomplish it can say I made it. the Christian race is the same. Jas 1:26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.  Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  have a choice... both are practicing religion. Why be number 27? what is so good about 27? Suffering shouldn't be our focus... not is the suffering worth it, but the bigger picture, are we serving God. Most US people call themselves Christian. Most Christians don't go to church. Why? don't see benefit of being at church. Visit fatherless and widows takes time... willingness to sacrifice of themselves. joy from doing will of God. Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;  Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  Heb 11:32  And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:  Heb 11:33  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  Heb 11:34  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Heb 11:35  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  Heb 11:36  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  Heb 11:37  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  Heb 11:38  (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  Heb 11:39  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  Heb 11:40  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.  What tastes so good? Romans 8- live after flesh die, mortify flesh shall live. is an experience of the heart. you don't live after things of flesh, is a change of desires and expectations. like a totally different person. why desire spiritual life instead of fleshly life? whole creation travail in pain together, sinner and saint. would rather not, but says we have the firstfruit of the spirit. saved by hope, does not see it, still hope. Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.  Luk 24:32  And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?  Psa 65:4  Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.  Pro 14:14  The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.  Mat_5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Joh_6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. Love of God and love of His ways... Psalms 73... envious of wicked, steps well nigh slipped. - their values get twisted, allows them to be sated with worldliness. neverthe less I am continually with god. Jer 31:18  I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.  Jer 31:19  Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.  Elihu Job 37:23  Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.  2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  2Co 4:18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  Just dabbled, didn't get saturated in love of God. There is a peace in being backslid, not having mindbattles, not having the struggle of the conscience. But that is a blind peace, there can be a coming to oneself to realize it's a false peace. coming but not tasting. just observing.
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