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Last night I officially completed my next sermon titled “Faith & Works”. It’s a continuation of my message series (started in February) based on the Book Of James. In this sermon I cover the 2ND half of James Chapter 2. I compare Paul and James, and how they viewed faith and works from different angles. I also include Scripture from Chapter 5 of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The Book Of James and The Epistle To The Galatians were probably the first 2 books written chronologically in the New Testament – right around 50 A.D.

Paul describes meeting James for the first time in his letter to the Galatians. Paul called James – and Peter – and John – as “pillars of the church”. They collectively accepted Paul – the new guy – as a co-worker. They suggested that Paul should continue helping the poor while preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles.

I also introduced John The Baptist, or John The Baptizer in my sermon. He was a Preacher, a Prophet, and even a Saint. He preached all about the importance of baptisms. He baptized thousands along both sides of the Jordan River – including Jesus Christ Himself. That started Christ’s ministry. Matthew 3:13-17 describes that critical event.

John The Baptist preached, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Luke 3:8 NLT)

My sermon leads-in perfectly to my Communion based on the first 10 verses of Chapter 2 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (“Made Alive With Christ”).

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

I’m looking forward to sharing this soon with my church family !

Go forth and share God’s Good News to all who will listen. Go forth and live your fantastic journey for all to see. Go forth and love God and all His children.

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Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

– I wasn’t at Life Pointe Church last Sunday morning.
– I was over 1,400 miles WNW of here in Allen Texas.
– There’s a slight chance that I may not be at LPC next Sunday morning as well.
– I really wish to visit and attend the Sunday night service next week at PK.
– Next Monday is a federal holiday, so it makes sense to do so.
Pastor Travis led this morning’s powerful teaching on Revolutionaries.
– It was based on 1 Peter 2:21-25.
– Jesus Christ was the ultimate Revolutionary.
– He didn’t follow the rules.
– He didn’t do what others around Him told Him to do.
– He created His own rules, and He did it for us.
– He didn’t have to die on that cross on that hill.
– He chose to die so that we could live.
– His love for us changed the world.
– Getting rich and owning worldly possessions does NOT change the world.
– We are all so full of sin, yet Jesus loves each and every one of us.
– He specifically created us in His image.
– Some of us already know that because we know Him.
– But many in the world today don’t yet know that – or Him.
– TODAY I’m celebrating Life – the 1,000TH day of this new Life of mine.
– I was rescued and saved by God 1,000 days ago in August of 2006.
– That’s when I stopped ignoring God, and I put Him in the driver’s seat.
– I choose to continue to follow God.
– I choose to continue to obey His Good News.

1 Peter 2:21-25 (NLT, 2ND Ed.)
21  For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps.
22  He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.
23  He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
24  He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.
25  Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

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Bible Stories

It’s just past 9:30 PM on this Wednesday night as I begin this blog entry, and I returned home from Life Group about 20 minutes ago. It was another glorious night in complete awe of Him. It is never about us. It is always about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Leo D. led ‘Praise & Worship’ via guitar as Patricia, Carol, and I sang back-up vocals to “Above All”, “All Creation Worships You”, “You’re Worthy Of My Praise”, and “Let My Words Be Few”. Music is one of my fun hobbies in Life, and it makes it so very special when I can sing to God. He is always listening to me. 31 months ago God used music to rescue me from the darkness, save me, and lead me by His hand onto His journey that He created especially for me. He took something that He knew I enjoyed, and He used it to show me His light.

Tonight’s teaching (led by Leo D.) was based on the following truths out of the Good News:
– Galatians 5:16-26 – ‘Living By The Spirit’s Power’
– Ephesians 6:10-20 – ‘The Whole Armor Of God’
– Matthew 5:3-12 – ‘The Beatitudes’

‘The Whole Armor Of God’ is truly special to me, as it was one of the first Scriptures out of His Good News that I specifically set out to read many times over, analyze, understand its meaning, and learn how I can apply it to this precious new Life of mine. That was early on during this fantastic journey just about 2 years ago. Anne J. was one of my early Life Pointe Church mentors during this fragile period of my journey. Shortly after I bought my very first Bible ever (New Living Translation – recommended by another mentor Pastor Travis) Anne J. bought me a really nice cover to protect my Bible. Down at the bottom of the front of the cover there’s an inscription of a sword followed by ‘Eph. 6:17’.

Ephesians 6:17 – Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

I will always wear ‘The Whole Armor Of God’ to protect me from future invasions of evil and darkness. Satan doesn’t know who I am anymore, but that’s not going to stop him from trying even harder to bring me back to his world of sins. He’s a total loser. God’s in charge here. He’s all-powerful. He’s awesome !

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Life Pointe Church Sunday Morning Tossed Salad

Here are my takeaways in 15 words or less:

Alex did a bang-up job on the drums during Praise & Worship.
– The whole band totally rocked God’s house this morning.
– The band seems to be multiplying.
– I counted 9 of them up on stage.
– We didn’t sing just to hear ourselves sing.
– We sang so that God would clearly hear us.
– Pastor Mike B. presented the teaching this morning.
– It was all about Perseverance.
– I must follow God’s will for my Life despite the world around me.
– I must run the race that is marked out for me by God.
– I must be persistent in praying to Him.
– I must ask, seek, and knock – and never give up.
– God wants to give me Goodness.
– God wants to change my mind, heart, and soul.
– God chose me when I was a sinner.
– I must get up again after I get knocked down.
– Satan wants to keep me down and out for the count.
– God wants me to rise above it all and continue moving forward.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT, 2ND Ed.)
16  That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
17  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever !
18  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.