Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

I’ve been listening to the news which is non-stop lately about the Cornavirus.  To be truthful it is scary.  I hear a lot from the scientists and our leaders both at the national level, state and county level.  They have news conferences one after another. But, I find something very important missing.

What about the spiritual side of this?

I’ve read that some think this is brought about by some kind of conspiracy.  I’ve heard some say it is part of a long standing plan to take over the world and control people.

I’ve been thinking is this from God as a judgement on our wicked world?  Or is this from the devil who is trying to mess everyone up and be in control of us completely?  That brings me to this:  No matter what it is, or who caused it, the fact remains that we are in this situation and what we each do is of the utmost importance. We must listen to the authorities and take their advice about social distancing so that the virus may not spread as much. We must take it seriously!

How do we handle this time?

Do we worry and fret about what is going on? Or do we put our trust in God who we all know is ultimately in control of everything.  You see, for a Christian, we can look at this differently than those who don’t know God.  We have an edge.  I’d like to leave you with a couple of scriptures to help during this difficult time.

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We should be concerned and take the steps we need to keep us and our families safe, but we should not be terribly full of fear.  God is still in control and we know of his power and love which we have in us. A sound mind means a disciplined mind.  Discipline is very important especially now. We need to control our minds.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

According to this scripture we do not need to imagine the worst all the time. It says to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  That shows us that we can control our thoughts.  If you take something captive you are in control of it not the other way around.  Think of soldiers when they are captured, who controls them? The one who captured them.  So it is with our thoughts, we can control them.  If it were not true God would not have said this.

What to think about

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God loves us so much He even teaches us what to think about.  Look over this list.  Judge your thoughts at this time by these things: are they true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous, praiseworthy?  If you are worried pray and ask the Lord to help you think on these things instead of the fearful ones.

The most important thing!

Know matter what happens during this unprecedented time the most important thing is to know that you are ready to meet your maker.  What is your spiritual relationship to God? Have you ever admitted that you are a sinner and need to repent which means turn from your sins? Have you ever gone to God and admitted that and asked him to forgive you? He sent His only Son to die on the cross for your and my sins.  God is holy and we can only approach Him through the blood of Christ shed on the cross.  Now is the time to really seriously think about these things.  My friend, there are only two outcomes for everyone in the end. We all die at some point and when we do we either go to Heaven or Hell. And, that is a true fact.  (Think about what is true.)

If you are already a Christian which means Christ follower, then you know whatever happens you will eventually go to Heaven and be blessed beyond belief.  But, if you are not a believer in Christ than your destination is Hell where you will be tormented forever and ever.  Which will you choose?  Today may be the last opportunity you will have.

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May God bless each and every one who reads this post.

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Pastor Paul Nordland, Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.

This week we were pleased to have Paul Nordland as a special speaker. He took us to the book of Hebrews and we looked at some of the heroes of the Christian faith. We see how their faith helped them overcome great obstacles in their lives and deaths. The Pilgrims who were Puritans came to America by faith to worship freely. The world today causes us to be under pressure and stress. Christians are being persecuted around the world. Our faith can help us to be overcomers too!

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By Faith They Overcame

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ruth 3:3-5 This week pastor Ron continues his series in the little book of Ruth.  This time we find out the details of the scheme Naomi is planning for Ruth.

Notes:                                                                                             003-ruth-3

Naomi Stepping out in Faith – VS 3-4

Ruth’s Answer – VS 5

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Details of the Scheme

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Ruth 1:1-5  This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the Book of Ruth.  After Elimelech and Naomi moved to Moab they suffered the consequences of bad decisions. There are lessons here for us as we make decisions in our lives. What happens when we make bad decisions?  How can we make good decisions?

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F.  MORE BAD DECISIONS…

1.  Naomi’s Bad Decision…

2.  The Two Son’s Bad Decisions…

3.  The Sovereignty of God…

G. THE CONSEQUENCES…

1.  Elimelech died…

2.  Mahlon and Chilion died…

3.  Naomi was bereft of her two children and her husband…

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Bad Decisions & Consequences

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Joe Casey: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


 

Galatians 5:23 This week Joe Casey continues his series on the fruit of the Holy Spirit by helping us understand what gentleness is for the believer.

Notes:                                                              

Faithfulness…

 

Gentleness…

 

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Fruit of the Spirit is GENTLENESS – Joe Casey

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:17b “and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  This week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” as he unpacks this verse. God has given us a special sword to use to defeat the enemy as we defend ourselves in our everyday Spiritual battle .

Notes:

6.  The Sword of the Spirit V17                                                              

a.  What is this sword…?

b.  How does it differ from the girdle…?

c.  Who does it belong to…?

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The Sword of the Spirit

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Pastor Ron Lewis:  Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:14b  This week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” by looking a the girdle of truth which is part of the full armor of God.

Notes:

1.  The Roman Soldier’s Girdle…                      john17_17

a.  What was this girdle?

b.  How did it function?

2.  The Spiritual Soldier’s Girdle…

a.  What is this girdle?

b.  What is it made of?

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Girdle of Truth – Pt.1

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Joe Casey; Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Galatians 5:22f   Joe Casey continues his series on “The Fruit of the Spirit.”  This time we study the fruit of goodness.

What exactly is the fruit of goodness?  How can we have this fruit in our own lives?     galatians5_22-23

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Fruit of the Spirit is GOODNESS – Joe Casey

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