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Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

If you don’t prepare, you will permit a pack of problems.

 

When Catherine and I were first married, we decided along with my brother to go on a canoeing/camping trip. It started as a canoeing trip, but we also wanted to camp. What we wanted was a two-day canoe trip where we could camp half way.  The issue that arose was that the canoe outfitter did not have any such trip.  So, we made our own; We received permission from the outfitter to pick a spot along the creek bank that we could camp.  It was accessible by car, so we set up camp first and then embarked on our canoe “adventure.”  We only canoed downstream for an hour or so, then set up camp.  We thought that we were prepared to camp, but as it turns out not so much.  It first became clear that we didn’t thoroughly prepare when we realized that we didn’t properly “prepare” the female portion of our trip that there would not be any facilities.  We had to make our own.  Next, we were confronted with the task of finding suitable wood to create a fire, so that we could keep warm and cook our meal.  David (my brother) found an area not too far away that we could get some firewood.  It was an area that had been cut down previously and had small twigs as well as some bigger pieces that we could burn.  We had prepared ourselves for the task of cutting wood, by bringing along a hatchet.  So, there we were, tents up, a fire started, all was going well.  Then, for a reason that I am still (26 yrs. later) not sure of, Catherine somehow stepped (barefooted) right into Continue reading Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

God Meant it for Good: Episode 5

” And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.Prison Light
And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward. -Genesis 40:1-4

 

In this Podcast:

  • The 4 C’s of Circumstance: First Two C’s
  • Blessings aren’t constrained by your circumstances
  • Circumstances don’t change your commission
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The Due Order

 For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

1Chronicles 15:3

How the people of God were revived one day!

 

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3 Marks of a Growing Church

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A church that is growing will have some distinct characteristics.  As we read in Acts 9:26-31.  The book of Acts is generally not a good place for the local church to build doctrine; since it is a transitional book; however, we can glean some good lessons from the book of Acts. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)  Especially in the subject of growing a local church, since that is exactly what is going on in the latter part of Acts 9.  In our previous article (Are you a destroyer or a restorer) we looked at some things that the Church should not do. Now I would like to turn our attention towards some things that we should do in the Local Church.

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Finish Strong

Irvington Bible Baptist ChurchWhen running a race (which is what this life is) most athletes want the best starting position possible. Whether it is a foot race or an auto race, all the competitors do their level best to qualify at the front.  Starting in the front doesn’t guarantee a win; however starting in a good position increases your chances of having a strong finish.  It is easier to stay in the front rather than starting in the rear and needing to overcome all the obstacles required to get to the front. In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus tells us a parable that shows this reality.

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Another Blank Check

What would you do if someone offered you limitless resources?  In “The Blank Check” we looked at a man named Lot, and what he did with his “Blank Check”, and how it did not turn out very well for him.  Now I would like to look at a man named Balaam who was offered “Another Blank Check”. balaam_y_el_burro Continue reading Another Blank Check

The Blank Check

What would you do if you were given a blank check that had no limits put upon it? For Irvington Bible Baptist Churchmost of us, the thought of having limitless resources or options is unfathomable. Just for a moment; however just imagine what you would do if you were given this opportunity. A person could do a lot of good if they had limitless resources couldn’t they?

I suppose that if I were given this opportunity, I would first pay off all my bills. I can think of a lot of things that I could accomplish if I were given a blank check. Just think of how many missionaries you could support, or what local ministries you could support or even start if you had a blank check. Such as a bus ministry to transport local kids to church services, and activities; or Continue reading The Blank Check

14 Salient Scriptures that support the doctrine of eternal security

Eternal Security of the Believer

Having Assurance of your Salvation is critical if the Believer is going to be a producIrvington Bible Baptist Churchtive member of the Body of Christ.  Of course, to obtain Assurance of Salvation, you must first accept the free gift of salvation that is being offered to you through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

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The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God (Lesson #4)

The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God are as follows:

1. Conditions for Fellowship

2. Conduct for Fellowship

3. Characteristics of Fellowship

4. Consequences of Fellowship

Today we will look at the second “C” of Fellowship with God: Conduct.

Read 1 John 2:4-6:

4, He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5, But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6, He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

If you desire to have Fellowship with God, then you will need to conduct yourself appropriately.  As we have already discussed in our previous lessons, there are “conditions” that we must meet in order to have fellowship with God, There are also some requirements when it comes to your conduct.  Remember we are discussing “fellowship with God” not salvation.  Don’t get the two confused, as so many people tend to do.  The Bible plainly states in  Titus 3:4-8:

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How to get the dirt out of your life (Lesson 4)

 Don’t go empty handed:

Read Judges 3:12-30.

Next notice that Ehud was carrying a “concealed weapon”. When you   are trying to get the dirt out of your life you too must carry a concealed  weapon. Ehud’s concealed weapon was a dagger which had two edges.  This is a type of another weapon; one that every believer in the LORD  Jesus Christ should carry with them everywhere that they go. Let’s  look at a couple of scriptures so that you can see what I mean: Continue reading How to get the dirt out of your life (Lesson 4)