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SATURDAY SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND DEVOTIONAL SERVICE 77 LIFTING UP THE LORD IN HIGH PRAISE AND WORSHIP

SATURDAY SUNDAY PRAYER PRAISE AND DEVOTIONAL SERVICE 77 LIFTING UP THE LORD IN HIGH PRAISE AND WORSHIP

THE LORD'S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER, ENTER INTO THE SANCTUARY AND LET US PRAY TOGETHER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

WELCOME:  Click here as Pastor Davis welcomes each of you to our Saturday/Sunday Prayer, Praise and Devotional Service.

 

OUR THEME SONG:  Changing lives and saving souls

 

 

COME ON IN AND LET’S PRAISE THE LORD by Pastor Davis

 

 

LET US PRAY:  by Dr. Arthur Ben Faust

 

 

OUR HIGH PRAISE SCRIPTURE:

I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!
and I’ll bless your name into eternity.

 I’ll bless you every day,
and keep it up from now to eternity.

 God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.

  Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.

 Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.

  Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

 The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.

  God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.  (Psalms 145:1-8 MSG)

 

OUR VIDEO SONG OF PRAISE: by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Mass Choir

 

 

TODAY’S ALTER CALL: 

If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”

Now repeat this short prayer with me:  “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE  in glory.”

We encourage you to find a local Bible Teaching Church and begin to study and fellowship with other believers.  You can also return back here daily and study God’s word with us.  We share the truth of the scriptures daily, and you will find over 1000 topics for study and discussions.  May the saving grace of our Lord and Savior be with you now and forever, in Jesus name, AMEN!

 

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GOD CHOSE FATHERS AS LEADERS FOR THE FAMILY

GOD CHOSE FATHERS AS LEADERS FOR THE FAMILY

FATHERS, you are a very special and important being to God.  You were created in God’s image, given His Character, chosen and ordained by Him to serve Him as the leader of your family as a Joshua.

Pastor Davis with three of his grand children

Pastor Davis with three of his grand children

Joshua 24:14-15, “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:

 

BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.”

However, at this time I am greatly burdened about many of our families. The direction we are going today is total destruction. There are many reasons for this. We live in a day when words like love, commitment, responsibility, compassion, faith, church, righteousness, common sense, God, the Word of God, mean virtually nothing. I believe that much of that is due to the breakdown of our families.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, the Bible strongly emphasize the family. Today, if you try to encourage a family to do as God has commanded, you will hear comments like “that church or pastor is weird, strict, legalistic, or a cult.” Most of these people have no idea what a cult is and are too spiritually ignorant to see the breakdown that is affecting their family.

The weakness of the family today is the lack of knowledge of the Word of God and an unwillingness to obey the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:15 says that Timothy knew the Holy Scriptures “from a child.” It is important for our children to know the Word of God. It takes parents who are willing to make the commitment to study the Word of God and then to teach it to their children. A child must learn to have a relationship with God through His Word. A family can never be right with God as long as the parents are not having a relationship with God through His Word.

THE FAMILY is a divine creation. Genesis 1:27-28, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them; and God said unto them, BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God says, worship is to be led by the father. “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Genesis 18:9).

Most fathers I know could care less. This is a wicked thing. There is more to being a father than just producing children. The lack of leadership by the father today in every area is the most important factor in the breakdown of the American home. I pray the Lord will give us more men like Joshua.

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TIME OUT FOR PREACHING ONLY FEEL GOOD SERMONS

TIME OUT FOR PREACHING ONLY FEEL GOOD SERMONS

Paul’s message to all of us is simply this, “WE AS PREACHERS MUST PREACH JESUS!”  He says, “You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 MSG)

This is how Paul preached his message of Jesus to the church of Corinth.  It is a well taught lesson that we all as preachers, teachers and ministers of the gospel must take to heart and stand before the throne of grace and speak truth to power.

 

Pastor Davis speaks truth to power

Pastor Davis speaks truth to power

TIME OUT FOR PREACHING ONLY FEEL GOOD SERMONS

Too many of us have just become feel good preachers, using whatever technique it takes to get the people out of their seats and hollowing and shouting, making them feel good for the moment, without any knowledge are understanding of what we are preaching about, other than that they feel good at the moment.  Jesus has been left out of the entire reason for the sermon in the first place.

I can personally say that personal testimony often opens the door for audiences to listen when any other approach would meet deaf ears.  Paul opened himself to the people with broken heart.  They knew his preaching style.  Certainly it was not marked with human wisdom or style.  Only the subject mattered: telling people about God.  Preaching does not center on personal abilities or personal experiences.  Preaching goes right to the cross and preaches how Jesus died for you.  Don’t spend time arguing about human style or leadership.  Tell people about Jesus, and thank Jesus for what He did for you.

Now I ask you this question, “what does preaching show off?   I say to you, too many people want it to demonstrate the latest techniques of eloquence or the latest findings of scholarship and archaeology.  Gospel preaching shows something else.  Focus fades from the preacher.  Spotlight comes up on the Spirit and His power to persuade.  Preaching points beyond the preacher to the One preached.  Why?  Because faith in the preacher leads only to disappointment and weakness, Faith must be in God and His power.

Surely, preaching involves wisdom.  No one wants to hear something that makes no sense and leads to no purpose.  Preaching has its own kind of wisdom, a wisdom that leads you away from any person and leads you to God.  This wisdom shows you no human achievement.  It concentrates on God’s achievement:  God has fulfilled His purposes in Jesus Christ.  Worldly study and worldly wisdom would never know this.  Worldly wisdom crucifies Christ.  God’s wisdom proclaims Christ.  Only a person to whom God has revealed His secrets, His mysteries, will know it.  That person must preach God’s wisdom, not human wisdom.

What lessons have you as a preacher or teacher of the gospel learned, that can better help focus the people’s attention on Jesus as opposed to yourself, as you are standing before God’s people and preaching His Holy Word?  Do you always preach Jesus, are do you preach the short feel good message?

What lessons have you as a hearer and or doer of the word learned from listening to us preachers preach the gospel, that disappoints you the most are lifts you higher to praise and worship that will better help us to understand how you are feeling when those of us are preaching Jesus as opposed to those of us who are preaching a feel good message that only last until you walk out of the door?

My brother and sisters, I suggest to you today, that it is, “TIME OUT FOR PREACHING ONLY FEEL GOOD SERMONS!”  It is time to come boldly before the throne of grace and PREACH JESUS.

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THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD LIVES WITHIN YOU

THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD LIVES WITHIN YOU

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My brothers and sisters let us get a crystal clear understanding as to what and who is the church of the living God. Too many believers have a misconception that the church is a physical building. Now let me help you to understand who the church is according to the word of God. This is what the word of the living God says to us: “Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple (His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 AMP

In this Scripture this “church” does not refer to any particular physical building; rather, it is a collection of all believers and, by extension, across the entire world. These believers, each serving and worship in their individual churches, are the pillar of and support of God’s truth. The church is not the source of this truth; rather, it functions as the custodian of and the witness to the truth. The people who believe God’s truth has the power to change the entire world.

In the book of John 8:32, the bible says, “Know the truth and the truth will set you FREE!”Let there be no doubt that the household of the living God is, “THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD THAT LIVES IN YOU!” What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Corinthians 6:16 AMP

You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.  In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord].

In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.  (Ephesians 2:20-22 AMP)  THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD LIVES WITHIN YOU!”

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TRAIN FOR YOUR GOLD MEDAL OF ETERNITY

TRAIN FOR YOUR GOLD MEDAL OF ETERNITY

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athlete’s race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 MSG)London 2012 Olympic gold medal

Some of you are losing battles you should be winning because you are not in shape. In order to win your gold metal of eternity you must get in shape. I don’t mean just getting in physical shape; you have to learn to train like a real champion. That means you must train the entire person, the physical body, mind and soul.

Know that Proper spiritual nourishment promotes spiritual growth. In order for you to stand before the throne of grace teach and or preach the truth of the gospel, requires constant training in prayer and meditation on the message of faith, which is the gospel message, and true teaching. A teacher of the gospel either must spend much time and energy in training him or herself for spiritual fitness. Training emphasizes the point that spiritual development does not happen by chance. An athlete is focus and committed, constantly training, refusing to let up, always striving. Believers must have the same focus and commitment, refusing to be sidetracked by wrong teaching.

Physical exercise, while benefiting the body, has no eternal benefits. Being in good physical shape positively affects your health and perhaps your mental outlook; yet spiritual exercise affects everything. It benefits it’s practitioner in both this life and the next. The key issue is how we use our time. Some people spend 10 to 15 hours a week in physical activity, but spend little time in Bible study, prayer and service. Believers who do spiritual exercise really do have the best of both worlds, they receive immediate and eternal benefits, and they benefit others as they instruct, and model the Christian life.

It is time to get in shape. Sign up for a heavenly gym membership. There is open enrollment. And what a deal! Jesus paid the price in full at Calvary. But don’t be satisfied with just signing
up. Go on and work out. Stick with the program. You will soon see the results you have been looking for. Remember, winners never quit and quitters never win. Now is the time to get up off that couch, stop being called a couch potato and begin to fight to win. Learn to walk by the Spirit and be counted among the stars.
But I say walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). (Galatians 5:16 AMP)

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, and begin to live in the newness of this life been renewed by the Holy Spirit as He lifts you to heights unknown and unthinkable by you as you train for your gold metal. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself. (1 Corinthians 9:27 MSG) What better time than now to begin TRAINING FOR YOUR GOLD MEDAL OF ETERNITY.” “DO IT NOW!”

WHY ARE OUR CHURCHES SO DIVIDED ALONG RACIAL LINES?

WHY ARE OUR CHURCHES SO DIVIDED ALONG RACIAL LINES?

THE LORD'S HOUSE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE LORD’S HOUSE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In the body of Christ we are all equal, yet you can walk into any church in America on any given Sunday morning and you will soon discover how deeply the racial divide in America really is, the one place it should not be. During the course of the week we work side-by-side, our children go to school together, we play and party together, we inter-racial marry and we even elected an African American president. Yet where it matters the most we are the most divided people along racial lines. So I ask the question once again, “why are our churches so divided along racial lines?”

When we really look at the racial division in America as well as in the world we soon discover that racial, ethnic, and social segregation are as old as society itself. Wherever people live, they form groups along these lines, and then they put up walls around them to keep others out.
In studying the book of Philippians, we quickly discovered that in the city of Philippi, it was a culturally diverse Roman city on the main highway from the Eastern Providences to Rome, and the church at Philippi had a diverse group of believers. The New Testament specifically mentions an Asian, a Greek, and a Roman.

On the surface, these people had little in common. One was a business woman who sold purple cloth to the rich; one was a slave girl who had been processed with a spirit of divination; the third was a jailer. Three different races, three different social ranks, and probably three different religious loyalties before encountering Christ: But Paul taught them that all were equal in the body of Christ; all were sinners saved by God’s grace. They were to humble themselves as Jesus had done, and be unified in the love of Christ.

In a world segregated along class and ethnic lines, the church at Philippi broke the rules: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). This church was one of the most integrated places in the Mediterranean world.
Now, this was more than 2000 years ago, and here it is 2000 years later and we seem to be going backwards instead of moving forward as believers in our faith and the teaching and example Paul was setting out for us in the church in Philippi.

In the body of Christ, we are all equal we are all sons and daughters of the King of the most high. Why are we not setting the example for the non-believers to follow? Jesus showed us the way; Paul gave us the example, is it not time for us to step out on faith and begin to move in a new direction by following the teachings of Jesus and the examples of Paul?

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LEADERS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF JESUS

LEADERS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN OF JESUS

YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN Jesus said “Feed my sheep”(John 21:15-17).

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Mt. Airy, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Mt Airy Presbyterian Church Mt. Airy, Ga. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Our Church leaders are Chosen Leaders, handpicked by God and called to suit up and go into the mission field on their assigned task to shepherd and guide, and then placed in the unique position to make defining decisions and choices that can have a profound impact on a few or many. Our leaders in the church are called and expected to keep diligent watch over the flock. That is the pattern and design expected when one accepts their calling knowing it comes with incredible responsibility.

Placed in their care are people who bring many loads of heavy burdens, looking for a way to find peace and joy as they are about this earthly journey. People from all walks of life seeking hope, lost, weary and tired wanting rest, a release from those things that keeps them in bondage.

Our leaders are therefore placed in position to minister to those souls as directed by the Holy Spirit, knowing they hold very fragile children in their hands. They are now given the authority through Christ to shape and mold lives for the kingdom of God, to feed the flock.

Remember, Jesus and how he was crucified outside the city gates–where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God’s alter to cleanse his people.  His sacrifice is a reminder to our leaders as to their purpose and calling, who must walk in obedience, faith and be examples of godliness as he accepts the torch to carry out his mission as assigned. The mission of kingdom building is not one to be taken lightly or for granted because souls are at risk.

Our Leaders are to be visible and able to relate to the needs of their followers, meaning that in order to accomplish their assigned mission they should follow the pattern of Jesus. Scripture puts it this way; let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is–not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our Share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name  (Hebrews 13:13-15, MGS).

We as seekers of peace and righteousness are to be responsive to pastoral leaders, listen to their counsel because they should be alert to the condition of our lives and work under the strict supervision of God. We are to contribute to the joy of their leadership, not drudgery; we are to pray for them that they be diligent in their assigned mission.

Our Leaders are accountable to God and its plain in Gods’ Word the responsibility expected of them.  God says,” My sheep were scattered because they were without a shepherd and they became prey when they were scattered; I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock”. (Ezekiel: 34).

After Jesus had risen from the dead and before his ascension as he gave final instructions to his disciples: Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me more than these”, three times.  When he responded “Yes”, Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”(John 21:15-17). This is a reminder to our Leaders, don’t take your calling or position lightly. YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED, CHOSEN.

 

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